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Coast Guard Ship's Cook Saves Drowning Girl
KOMO-TV ^ | 11/14/11 | KOMO Staff

Posted on 11/14/2011 4:27:08 PM PST by hoagy62

ASTORIA, Ore. -- A Coast Guardsman was being honored as a hero Monday for his efforts in saving a woman from drowning in the Columbia River in September.

Petty Officer 2nd Class Leon Doniphan, a cook aboard Cutter Alert in Astoria, had just finished his shift on Sept. 10 and was heading on to the pier when he noticed some commotion on the river's edge.

It turned out, a young girl about 11- or 12-years-old, who had been swimming around the pilings under the dock, got caught in the river's current.

Moments later, it was apparent she was about to be carried under a 40-foot navigation buoy that had been retired and chained to the shore.

"The situation became grim quickly," witness Rod Hallock told the Coast Guard.

The girl managed to grab on to a small piece of metal on the buoy's edge but struggled to hold in against the churning water.

"She was yelling that she couldn’t hold on,” another witness, Lewis Nevel said.

The Coast Guard says Doniphan ran into the frigid waters and swam about 40 feet to reach the girl.

"The current was very strong and was trying to pull me under the buoy also," Doniphan said in a press release sent by the Coast Guard.

He managed to hoist the girl on to his shoulders and swim both of them just far enough away to not get trapped under the large buoy. But as they both began to be carried downriver by the current, Doniphan grabbed on to the chain that had tied the buoy to shore and pulled the two to shore.

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TOPICS: Miscellaneous; News/Current Events; US: Oregon
KEYWORDS: coastguard; hero; oregon; rescue
This was a cook...he saw what needed to be done and did it. I'd cook him a meal any day!

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1 posted on 11/14/2011 4:27:10 PM PST by hoagy62
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To: hoagy62

Petty Officer 2nd Class Leon Doniphan

2 posted on 11/14/2011 4:29:40 PM PST by hoagy62 (The United States of America. Great idea...while it lasted.)
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To: hoagy62

a brave act!


3 posted on 11/14/2011 4:29:48 PM PST by brivette (lol!)
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To: hoagy62
Hero Petty Officer 2nd Class Leon Doniphan
4 posted on 11/14/2011 4:37:45 PM PST by Publius6961 (My world was lovely, until it was taken over by parasites.)
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To: hoagy62

God bless him!


5 posted on 11/14/2011 4:38:23 PM PST by onyx (PLEASE SUPPORT FREE REPUBLIC BY DONATING NOW! Sarah's New Ping List - tell me if you want on it.)
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6 posted on 11/14/2011 4:38:55 PM PST by onyx (PLEASE SUPPORT FREE REPUBLIC BY DONATING NOW! Sarah's New Ping List - tell me if you want on it.)
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To: hoagy62

Headwaters of the Columbia are some of the most treacherous in the world.


7 posted on 11/14/2011 4:40:43 PM PST by Cvengr (Adversity in life and death is inevitable. Thru faith in Christ, stress is optional.)
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To: hoagy62

Hmmm...Swimming in the Columbia River in November?


8 posted on 11/14/2011 4:44:09 PM PST by dragnet2 (Diversion and evasion are tools of deceit)
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To: dragnet2

The heroism of the cook is not negated by the foolishness of the swimmer.


9 posted on 11/14/2011 4:52:53 PM PST by GAB-1955 (I write books, serve my country, love my wife and daughter, and believe in the Resurrection.)
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To: dragnet2

I wondered about that too. What in the world is a girl doing swimming in the Columbia at this time of year?? It’s not real warm up here right now.

Still, the PO2 did the right thing.


10 posted on 11/14/2011 4:53:03 PM PST by hoagy62 (The United States of America. Great idea...while it lasted.)
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To: hoagy62

Bravo Zulu Petty Officer Doniphan!!! Way to go.

Wow... That was my dock, too! Back in the 80’s... Alert was stationed up in Port Angeles, and Resolute was tied up there in Astoria. That dock is at the Columbia River Maritime Museum. The have the old lightship Columbia there, and the old CR bouy (pictured) is presumably the one they talk about in the story.

BTW— It’s an excellent Museum if you’re ever in the area. It’s quite worth the trip. Whatever active duty cutters are there in port are also open for tours on weekends.


11 posted on 11/14/2011 4:54:47 PM PST by Ramius (personally, I give us... one chance in three. More tea?)
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To: GAB-1955

No one brought that up or implied that, except you.


12 posted on 11/14/2011 4:56:06 PM PST by dragnet2 (Diversion and evasion are tools of deceit)
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To: hoagy62

You bet. Swimming in the Columbia in November is suspect at best.


13 posted on 11/14/2011 4:57:48 PM PST by dragnet2 (Diversion and evasion are tools of deceit)
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To: hoagy62
What in the world is a girl doing swimming in the Columbia at this time of year?? It’s not real warm up here right now.

People swim in the river all the time... but not usually in that area right around the museum. I would guess there is more to the story that the reporter didn't catch or get into his story. Most likely she was carried downstream from somewhere else. However she got there, she's lucky to be alive.

If it weren't for people making poor decisions out on the water, the USCG would be out of a job. We're there to give people a mulligan when they screw up really bad. :-)

14 posted on 11/14/2011 5:00:29 PM PST by Ramius (personally, I give us... one chance in three. More tea?)
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To: hoagy62; dragnet2

It happened early September. The Pacific NW had a LOUSY summer - it only got started getting nice the first week of September! (Lasted about 3 weeks too only)

It is going to be a LONG winter this year.

God bless the cook! (I think I saw that on an apron somewhere!)


15 posted on 11/14/2011 5:03:40 PM PST by 21twelve ("We can go from boom to bust, from dreams to a bowl of dust....and another lost generation.")
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To: 21twelve
It happened early September.

And the article was published on Nov 14, 2011?

Hmmm

16 posted on 11/14/2011 5:06:43 PM PST by dragnet2 (Diversion and evasion are tools of deceit)
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To: dragnet2

I don’t know - that’s pretty quick to be honored for his heroism. Wasn’t there some thread a few days ago where some WW I vet was just now getting his purple heart!?


17 posted on 11/14/2011 5:09:40 PM PST by 21twelve ("We can go from boom to bust, from dreams to a bowl of dust....and another lost generation.")
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To: hoagy62; dragnet2

Recheck the first sentence....September.


18 posted on 11/14/2011 5:14:17 PM PST by ErnBatavia (Obama Voters: Jose Baez wants YOU for his next jury pool.......)
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To: 21twelve
It turned out, a young girl about 11- or 12-years-old

The story is posted about 40 days after the incident, and they don't know how old the victim is?

Hmmm

19 posted on 11/14/2011 5:14:26 PM PST by dragnet2 (Diversion and evasion are tools of deceit)
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To: hoagy62

Amazing stuff.


20 posted on 11/14/2011 5:18:11 PM PST by Stonewall Jackson (Democrats: "You will never find a more wretched hive of scum and villainy.")
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To: dragnet2

Maybe her birthday is Oct. 15th!?


21 posted on 11/14/2011 5:19:30 PM PST by 21twelve ("We can go from boom to bust, from dreams to a bowl of dust....and another lost generation.")
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To: Ramius

Good on you Ramius. I grew up in Warrenton and you Coasties have saved more than one person I know closely. My old roomie was nearly killed in a commercial fishing accident and was picked up by a CG Base Astoria helicopter off his sinking shrimp boat.

My hat’s off to you guys.


22 posted on 11/14/2011 5:19:42 PM PST by Tailback
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To: Ramius

The CRMM is awesome. Loved the video about the Columbia River bar pilots and the dangers they face - this is bravery that very few people know about. I would love to see Hollywood make a movie about them.


23 posted on 11/14/2011 5:22:28 PM PST by Inspectorette
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To: dragnet2

So what? It’s not an invalid point.


24 posted on 11/14/2011 5:24:29 PM PST by GAB-1955 (I write books, serve my country, love my wife and daughter, and believe in the Resurrection.)
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To: dragnet2; hoagy62
Swimming in the Columbia River in November?

I read the article and it said September 10.....what did you you guys read?

25 posted on 11/14/2011 5:24:43 PM PST by Hot Tabasco
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To: Tax-chick; Anoreth

ping


26 posted on 11/14/2011 5:26:05 PM PST by aposiopetic
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To: 21twelve

I would imagine it is the Coast Guard Lifesaving Medal. Just a guess.


27 posted on 11/14/2011 5:27:26 PM PST by Ramius (personally, I give us... one chance in three. More tea?)
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To: aposiopetic; Anoreth

Great story. Fortunately, he’s a good-sized young man ... Anoreth was trained for rescue, but the 11-year-old girl probably weighed more!


28 posted on 11/14/2011 5:29:20 PM PST by Tax-chick ("Without common referents, we are all merely inarticulate refugees from Babel."~Nicknamedbob)
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To: Tailback

Thanks... And that’s really on behalf of some my shipmates... I didn’t do anything special. That was a long time ago and a different lifetime. :-)


29 posted on 11/14/2011 5:33:57 PM PST by Ramius (personally, I give us... one chance in three. More tea?)
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To: hoagy62
Bravo, Petty Officer Doniphan.

A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly. Specialization is for insects.
- Robert Heinlein.

30 posted on 11/14/2011 5:49:15 PM PST by 6SJ7 (I'm an AmeriCain!)
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31 posted on 11/14/2011 5:50:03 PM PST by RedMDer (Forward With Confidence!)
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To: Ramius

If it weren’t for people making poor decisions out on the water, the USCG would be out of a job. We’re there to give people a mulligan when they screw up really bad. :-)

I have a shirt with “Support your local recovery diver,
boat drunk” on it


32 posted on 11/14/2011 5:50:51 PM PST by CrazyIvan (Obama's birth certificate was found stapled to Soros's receipt.)
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33 posted on 11/14/2011 6:16:56 PM PST by Tracker47
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To: Hot Tabasco

Holy crap...you’re right! I JUST noticed the time of the incident.

However, the article was published TODAY. Don’t know the reason for the delay. Slow news day?


34 posted on 11/14/2011 6:23:48 PM PST by hoagy62 (The United States of America. Great idea...while it lasted.)
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To: hoagy62

The article is about the fact that he was honored Monday, not the fact of the rescue. There was probably another article published in September about the actual rescue.


35 posted on 11/15/2011 8:56:03 AM PST by Excellence ( CTRL-GALT-DELETE)
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To: Hot Tabasco

Try reading the thread before burping up comments.

This entire story reeks.


36 posted on 11/15/2011 2:12:48 PM PST by dragnet2 (Diversion and evasion are tools of deceit)
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To: dragnet2
This entire story reeks.

If you've got solid evidence to the contrary, you're welcome to post them. In fact, even encouraged to do so........Till then, keep your insults to yourself, you merely affirm what we're already thinking about you.

37 posted on 11/15/2011 2:35:59 PM PST by Hot Tabasco
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To: hoagy62
However, the article was published TODAY. Don’t know the reason for the delay. Slow news day?

Keep reading........the article was about the awards ceremony which was on Monday and expounded by detailing the actions that warranted the award....which were back in September.

38 posted on 11/15/2011 2:41:03 PM PST by Hot Tabasco
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To: Hot Tabasco; hoagy62
If you've got solid evidence to the contrary, you're welcome to post them. In fact, even encouraged to do so

Lets look at the facts, based on this story posted here.

1. This story was either never reported about when it occurred, and or was published nearly 40 days after the incident.

2. This story is allegedly for an award ceremony but nothing, no story about the incident itself, which occurred nearly 40 days ago?

3. The story says the victim was a young girl, 11 or 12 years old, yet they don't even know the victims age after all this time?

4. The story doesn't even give the victims name. Absolutely no was given for the alleged victim. No name at all.

5. At one point, the story describes a woman as the victim, then another part of the story, it describes the victim as a girl.

There seems to be an inordinate amount of discrepancies or issues with this story.

39 posted on 11/15/2011 3:10:39 PM PST by dragnet2 (Diversion and evasion are tools of deceit)
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To: Hot Tabasco
Till then, keep your insults to yourself, you merely affirm what we're already thinking about you.

BTW, who is, "We"? And if ya don't have the guts to speak up, and state what ya mean, ya ought to get off news/political forums on the Internet.

40 posted on 11/15/2011 3:34:18 PM PST by dragnet2 (Diversion and evasion are tools of deceit)
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The Weather Channel started a new hour-long series about the Coast Guard in Alaska last week.

It comes on in a few minutes - 9pm eastern, 8pm central. Very good show, very pro-family.
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