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Fisherman thanks rescuers


I was drift fishing about 2 p.m. on Tuesday, April 9, just east of Seller’s Point. All of a sudden a 30 mph wind came out of the west. Water started coming over the stern at a very rapid pace. I turned around and saw water coming over the right side as well. That’s when I knew that I was going to have to hit the 47 degree water.

I grabbed my life vest and dove into the water, with my boat floating away. I turned to the north and started yelling for “HELP.” After yelling “HELP” five or six times, I faintly heard a female voice yelling “HELP IS ON THE WAY.”

I looked to the north toward North Bank Road and I saw the most wonderful sight I had ever seen. Two men from Ervin’s were heading toward me on a flattop pontoon. When they got to me, they asked if I was OK and if I was wearing a belt. I answered “yes,” to both questions and they both reached down and grabbed me by the belt and pulled me on board. They took me back to the Gilkerson’s dock where the Millersport Fire Department paramedics met us. They took me to the squad and told me to strip down and wrapped me in warm towels.

First of all, I would like to thank the two men from Ervin’s for saving my life; the Gilkersons for being so kind and gracious to me and my wife, Linda; and to the two Millersport paramedics for taking care of me; and to all the people on North Bank Road for all their help. Thank you very much from the bottom of my heart.

Bob Willison

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