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Thanks neighbours - Al Lockhart

Last Saturday I went to Whitson Lake to test out a boat. Following my ride, I was in the process of loading the boat back on to the trailer. I unwisely stood on the trailer and slipped.

Last Saturday I went to Whitson Lake to test out a boat. Following my ride, I was in the process of loading the boat back on to the trailer. I unwisely stood on the trailer and slipped. My leg went between the bunk and the trailer frame, and I landed in the water.

The water was turning red around my leg. I had  a six-inch gash that was all the way through to the muscle. I called 911 for an ambulance-an eight minute response, which I think is very good service.

I pulled the boat up beside my van on the launch and used my shirt to contain the bleeding. Just then a father and son asked if I was hurt. They got me large sterile pads from their first aid kit and offered to load my boat and take it to my home. The ambulance had arrived by then, so I was trying to answer the paramedic's questions, write my address on a business card, and tell the guys where the tie downs and other necessary items were located in the boat. I asked their names as I was being rolled into the ambulance, but unfortunately I can't remember them.

Upon arriving home from the hospital, my van was backed into the driveway. The father and son had left the keys with my son. It is sure a great thing to live in a town where you can give the keys to your vehicle to a perfect stranger and not even think twice about it. I found out from my wife they came by the house today to see how I was, but unfortunately I was sleeping.

As an avid boater I know that helping out others on the water is just part of the activity, but these guys went above and beyond, so I wanted to thank them publicly.

Al Lockhart
Hanmer




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