Local Hero Saves a Life

Greg Rickard Helps Save a Man's Life Mason City, IA

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KIMT News 3 – Greg Rickard and his girlfriend Samantha were spending their mother’s day afternoon fishing by the river.

But then, things took a dramatic turn.

“Fishing here and look up the river and seen the guy need help I guess, took off running as fast as I could,” said Rickard.

“Oh my god, I don’t even know my heart was pounding so bad,” said Samantha.

Rickard says they saw a man on a kayak head out on the river, but didn’t know there was trouble, until….

“Look up again kayak was flipped over and then I heard screams so I ran down here as fast as I could and went down the cliff here and he was hanging on to some branches so I grabbed him out of the water,” said Rickard.

Rickard says he didn’t even think he just reacted.

“First instinct really was get this guy out of the water. He was pretty bad shape I guess it seemed like,” said Rickard.

These situations can happen quickly this time of year, especially now, when some rivers are high.

Darrin Siefken of Crawdaddy Outdoors says it’s important to make good decisions, before heading out.

“If it’s going along at a pretty good clip and you have a gut feeling that maybe something is not right it’s probably good to follow your gut feeling and maybe pick a different day to do that,” said Siefken.

“He was pretty drained of all his energy just trying to get to the shore. He said it sucked him over pretty good, he couldn’t even touch the bottom or anything like that,” said Rickard.

For Siefken, this is a great reminder that everything can change is just a matter of moments when your out on Mother Nature’s rivers.

“Life jacket is super important because none of us wake up saying we’re going to drown today. None of us say we’re going to get in a car accident today, but those things happen. That’s why their called accidents so wear them and that way you’ll be around for your loved ones and family and friends,” said Siefken.

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