(Photo by John Palminteri / KEYT)
Swift water rescue off 800 Shoreline Drive, a subject is in the water possibly caught by the high tide and reportedly yelling for help.
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Sure, blame the victims. And someone knows for sure rescues are for people who are "high". Really? I've known victims who were trail experienced and had accidents, needing rescue. And that was up to 50 years ago (they weren't "high").
The brave soul who paddled out in the dark and rescued the near dead individual was none othe than mesa resident Randall Kopf
"Far too many rescues..."?
Before edhat, Rodger and instant media you would only hear about the tragedies. It is nice to know we have first responders who regularly prevent what could otherwise become tragedies.
We have great responders.
Far too many rescues going on in our area. I cannot think of a time in my life where so many folks who head out hiking or our ocean who haven't the slightest idea of what they are doing. Hiking with no water. Hiking with no food. Hiking after dark. Hiking off trail. Surfing/swimming/boating without knowing how to swim. Going in the water after dark. Surfing above their level. I wish I could scream at some of these folks, especially the ones who insist on getting high or taking LSD, and then heading out onto our trails or ocean. These are the folks who got trophies for losing and want everyone else to take care of them when the s**t hits the fan. "Oh, let me get wasted and walk along the cliffs late at night.....what could go wrong?"
Triage determines who pays for the rescue efforts, and who gets it done as a volunteer effort. Yes, you can tell who was foolish and put themselves at risk, and who was genuinely in peril due to an accident. Hiking on a hot day with no water and no other self-preservation preparation versus an accidental a slip and fall with no other extenuating circumstances like being drunk of high. These matters can be discerned after the fact - triage. Know before you go. Be prepared.
Triage can only be done if you are able to be in contact with the person in trouble, for starters. And, everyone is equally capable of putting themselves in what others might consider a foolish situation. Would you not want First Responders to rescue a loved one because they had done so?
Time to seriously triage search and rescue - accidents can happen; but putting yourself into foolish situations and you are on your own. Plan ahead.
What about tripping and falling while hiking (during the day, on trail, with food and water) and breaking an ankle? Is that an acceptable use of rescue?
We mainly hear more about many of them now because more information is available these days via various sources. There was a time when the only people who would know about a rescue was the rescue team, and maybe someone who reported the need, unless it was something like a shark attack, or an attack by an animal on a trail. And, you don't need to be 'high' to slip off a cliff, or get lost and run out of supplies.
Nice chip on your shoulder there. Sounds like you "wish you could scream" at pretty much anyone.
I take it you personally know that each and every rescue circumstance is a result of getting high or being negligent?
Maybe the tide got so low so fast it created rapids
Huh. I was just there after dark this evening. Tide was low, low, low so high tide had nothing to do with this incident. Neither was this a swift water rescue. "Swift water rescue is a subset of technical rescue dealing in white water river conditions. "
The 'water rescue' team is referred to as 'Swift Water Rescue', even if it is rescuing people from apparently calm water. They are trained to rescue in any type of water situation. Stormy seas, and/or white water rapids. And there can be 'white water' in the ocean too.
Patient with the Medics...All is well Roger now over and out.
Batt:712 Also on scene.
Medics are at the Shoreline cafe, waiting for Harbor Patrol...
Roger over and out.
Harbor Patrol enroute to the Harbor...
Either way I bet he is happy to be out of the water...
I thought I heard the fire department say the subject is uninjured...Hope I did not cross calls.
I hope the guy makes it..
SBPD will flag em down.
Code 3 Medic's to Shoreline Steps middle of the park...
On the shore now might need a medical response.
That's the Santa Barbara I know and Love...
Thank you Roger - I live on the mesa and heard a ton of sirens, always a concern with all these fires. You were on it! I hope you are feeling better, Sir, and thank you for all you do for our community.
I lived on the Mesa for years. Loved it. Now I live in a progressive downtown community.
One subject going out in a paddle board Harbor Patrol says the victim might have been in a kayak...3 in the water heading back to the beach...
Requesting Medics to stage at the Harbor.
100 Yards out..
There are alot of people in the water swimming out to him.
SBPD has a visual on the victim in distress witnesses have dove in the water to rescue him...
SBPD heading to Shoreline park to see if they can spot the victim..
Harbor Patrol taking the boat.
Subject reported to be out in the water...