Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Hailey resident lends hand in California rescue

When Marlin Miller traveled from Hailey to southern California for a fishing trip last month, little did he know he'd be hauling a lot more than big fish onto his boat.

On June 21, Father's Day, Miller and three friends were fishing off the eastern end of Anacapa Island near Santa Barbara when they spotted someone waving frantically in their direction.

"They were barely dots because they were a quarter to half mile away," Miller said.

The dots turned out to be Frank Cain and his son, Shawn—Reseda, Calif., residents who had become stranded on a rocky outcrop of the island after Shawn's kayak capsized in rough waves.

"The tide that night was the highest of the year," Miller said. "It was seven feet high around 8:30 and we got them off the rocks at 5:45."

According to a story in the Santa Barbara News-Press, Shawn's kayak flipped in 10-foot waves, separating him from his boat and forcing his father to abandon his boat while helping his son out of the water onto the nearby rocks. According to the story, the pair was stuck on the rock for about 30 minutes before Miller and his friends arrived.

Miller was lucky to have spotted Frank waving his paddle, and he and his friends cruised over to pull the father and son, who had to swim away from the rocks, out of the water onto the safety of their boat.

"We were the last boat leaving the island, so their hearts must have skipped a beat when they heard us throttle down, knowing they weren't going to die," Miller said. "We were just in the right place at the right time."

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