Man on Shore Spots Two Floundering Next to Capsized Boat and Manages to Save Them
The weather was bad for boating, Antony said. “It was really, really windy,” she explained. “Scott went down to the marina and launched his boat…The tractor wasn’t launching it was so windy.”
Another person jumped on board and a third stayed on shore and directed the two via marine radio, Antony said.
“It was hard to get out there,” she explained. “It was so windy and rough.”
And, she said, there wasn’t much time to reach the two in the water. “The two had no life jackets,” she said. “They were just clinging to life. They were so cold…They had been there about 30 minutes.”
The two rescuers managed to get the two men out of the water and into their boat which Antony said must have been difficult because the two men in the water were cold and exhaustion would have made them weak and clumsy.
The two rescuers brought them to the Marina where the Shelter Cove ambulance was waiting. “Our guys did a magnificent job of doing what they did and getting them warmed up,” Antony said. “Their skin was so cold…Their teeth were chattering. It was hard to take their blood pressure they were shaking so hard!”
The rescuers put the two men into hypothermia bags and cranked up the heat in the ambulance. Eventually, the two men were able to warm up and declined to be taken to the hospital. Their boat though wasn’t recovered.
“The amazing thing is…this is the second time [Scott Kelsey] has rescued somebody in the last few months,” Antony said. “There was a kayaker lost in the fog who called on his radio for help.” She said that Kelsey had jumped in his boat–this time with one of the Shelter Cove firefighters—and managed to go out in fog so thick, Anthony said, “that you couldn’t see anything.”
The kayaker and his boat were brought back safely.
“[Scott] was taking a chance but, whew, he really gets the job done,” Antony said.