Officer Jason Moyer was patrolling the area. He took action, running down a long pier, climbing a gate before spotting one of the boaters in the river.
“So I just saw one of the civilians and said ‘Hey, my gun, tell the other officers that are coming where I’m at and tell them to bring a rope.’ Just jumped in to see if I can, what I can do,” says Moyer.
Two more officers followed suit. Officer Frank Crabtree still has his hand bandaged up.
“I’m missing a few patches of skin. Nothing broken, nothing sprained; just got to wait for the wounds to heal up,” says Crabtree.
The current was strong.
Crabtree held on to a victim who was without a pulse, keeping his head above the water in case the man started breathing again.
“We both had ahold of an arm and I had ahold of a bolt in the seawall trying to keep us from going out to sea,” says Crabtree.
This is part of their job. Normally, when a call for an overturned boat comes in, the people are too far out for them to swim to.
They took action Sunday without thinking twice to save the boaters.