Monday, February 11, 2008

Zach's Weekend Rescue

Hi everyone. I'm sorry we've been bad about updating. I'm hoping to get some pics and possibly some video uploaded in the next day or two, but wanted to share what Zach (and Jason) did this weekend.

for the story and a video (you have to click the video link on the left side of the article) about the boat that capsized right behind our house on Saturday.

In this picture you can see how close they really were to the house. Mary took these as she was outside playing in the snow with her son, Josh.

Here's another article and another from the first responders (locals who saw the boat and tried to help). In it they say the family of the deceased man is blaming the CG for slowing things down. As you might imagine, I'm really burned up about this. This man shouldn't have taken off that morning with the weather being the way it was and his decision put my husband's life in danger as well as everyone else involved with the case.

Because they were right behind the house I could hear them all too well, but couldn't see them since they were below the trees. I stood by the sliding glass door most of the time listening to make sure they were ok. I didn't like them doing that rescue so close because I was listening and knew that if something were to happen I was going to hear it. I know Zach is a fabulous pilot and I trust Jason just as much as I do Zach and know he's a great pilot as well, but things happen that are beyond control. The weather was horrible that day and anywhere else it would have been considered a hurricane because of the winds. The snow had been coming down very hard and I can't imagine what the waves were doing.

Anyway....I'm glad not everyone feels the way this family does. And I can completely understand their grief. The Old Believer community has had a rough year and it's only the middle of February, but to blame the CG....hmm...

Ok, Gabriel wants some attention from his momma, so I need to go. I'll try to post pics soon. I know, I keep saying that, huh?

ETA: I found this through the blog network of Kodiak. It's a video taken from Mill Bay Beach by a witness to the rescue.


Anonymous said...

It's unfortunate, but sometimes grieving people tend to want to blame someone else for a tragedy instead of accepting the responsibility of that person's own actions. I'm just glad that Zach and Jason are both excellent pilots and were able to keep control of the aircraft during those winds. I'm sure that diver has protocol to follow and he did his job to the best of his ability. I appreciate you Zach, and those like you, who work hard to make sure that others are safe. Love, Delinda P.S. Post those photos soon- I look every day!

Zoya, Patrick, Nora and Stuart said...

To Zach, Jason and O'Brien,
You Guys ROCK!! Patrick and I were in complete awe with the amazing control you had over the helicopter in those high winds. We watched from across Mill Bay, feeling quite helpless, but knew that things were under control between your presence and people going down to the beach to help.
The winds and snow were horizontal but you kept that helicopter amazingly steady.
Thank you for all you do.

Zoya and Patrick Saltonstall