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Construction worker hangs from crane in dramatic river rescue
Daily Mail ^

Posted on 07/01/2009 9:00:38 AM PDT by traumer

She was plucked to safety by the crew on a building site nearby after they spotted the plight of her and her husband.

The workers used a crane to lower colleague Jason Oglesbee down to lift the woman free of the water and away to safety.

While they were able to rescue the woman, her husband drowned after the boat overturned on the Des Moines River, Iowa.

Joe Lowe, one of the construction workers, said: "I saw the boat drift down, and he started it up and he hit the bridge base.

"Then he tried to wrap it up with an anchor or line and then I heard him holler at his wife, put your life jacket on. He didn't have one on."

The woman's life jacket kept her afloat for more than half an hour until Mr Oglesbee was able to reach her.

After the initial attempt with the crane was unsuccessful, the construction company rigged up Mr Oglesbee to the crane with a harness and Mr Oglesbee was able to grab the woman from the water.

"They just harnessed me in and dipped me down in the water and I grabbed her," he said.

"If it wasn't for the team effort of Cramer & Associates, we might have two drowning victims," Gonzalez said.

The body of the man, who was in his 60s, was pulled from the water about 25 minutes after the boat overturned at 4pm yesterday afternoon.

(Excerpt) Read more at telegraph.co.uk ...


TOPICS: News/Current Events; US: Iowa
KEYWORDS: drowning; hero; iowa; rescue

1 posted on 07/01/2009 9:00:38 AM PDT by traumer
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2 posted on 07/01/2009 9:01:23 AM PDT by traumer
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To: traumer

http://www.desmoinesregister.com/article/20090701/NEWS/907010375/Woman-pulled-from-Des-Moines-River-in-dramatic-rescue—husband-drowns


3 posted on 07/01/2009 9:01:55 AM PDT by traumer
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Woo Hoo what a man!


4 posted on 07/01/2009 9:03:00 AM PDT by angcat (FUBO)
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5 posted on 07/01/2009 9:03:49 AM PDT by traumer
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This is really the year of the American hero! That picture should win a Pulitzer.


6 posted on 07/01/2009 9:05:21 AM PDT by Deb (Beat him, strip him and bring him to my tent!)
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To: traumer

I hope that chain was certified for water rescue.


7 posted on 07/01/2009 9:08:19 AM PDT by Born to Conserve
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To: angcat

And in the interview he showed an abundance of humility taking pains to point out that it wasn’t just him, but his whole crew that made it possible. The guy should drink for free for a year on this. What an outstanding guy.


8 posted on 07/01/2009 9:12:03 AM PDT by rednesss (fascism is the union,marriage,merger or fusion of corporate economic power with governmental power)
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To: traumer

That is a great story. I’m so tired of pseudo heroes like Michael Jackson always getting the press.


9 posted on 07/01/2009 9:15:26 AM PDT by pfflier
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To: traumer

Another one of the many reasons I love men!


10 posted on 07/01/2009 9:15:35 AM PDT by fullchroma (I want my country back.)
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To: traumer

Apt comparison! In His spirit....


11 posted on 07/01/2009 9:19:32 AM PDT by Albion Wilde ("Shouldn't there be equal time for our Bill of Responsibilities?" -- Justice Clarence Thomas)
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To: Deb
Awesome story.

There's a great song for people like this guy and his co-workers -- and a soundtrack for the heroism of ordinary Americans who rise to the occasion when faced with a situation like this:

Like A Rock

12 posted on 07/01/2009 9:20:01 AM PDT by Alberta's Child (God is great . . . beer is good . . . and people are crazy.)
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To: rednesss

http://www.kcci.com/video/19913549/index.html


13 posted on 07/01/2009 9:20:58 AM PDT by traumer
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To: Alberta's Child

Love it.


14 posted on 07/01/2009 9:23:30 AM PDT by Deb (Beat him, strip him and bring him to my tent!)
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To: Born to Conserve

OSHA’s gonna kick some ass for this stunt!


15 posted on 07/01/2009 9:30:17 AM PDT by east1234 (It's the borders stupid! My new enviromentalist inspired tagline: cut, kill, dig and drill)
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To: traumer
I saw this guy on TV this morning.

This American Hero has some serious guns.

He and his construction crew didn't wait on city services to arrive on the scene.

16 posted on 07/01/2009 9:42:52 AM PDT by TexasCajun
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To: traumer

A REAL action hero.


17 posted on 07/01/2009 9:44:54 AM PDT by RobbyS (ECCE homo)
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To: east1234

Too true to be funny!


18 posted on 07/01/2009 9:47:16 AM PDT by RobbyS (ECCE homo)
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To: traumer

He was pretty humble in his interview. Gave credit to the whole crew that worked together to get it done.


19 posted on 07/01/2009 9:55:40 AM PDT by Ramius (Personally, I give us... one chance in three. More tea?)
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Another case of an idiot running a boat.

Sooner or later, some form of licensing boat operators and making sure they know what they're doing has to be established. I am required to have a license and must pass a test every five years to make sure I'm up to date on any changes to COLREGS, etc. for renewal and yet I have to share the waterways with careless operators of what we call "monkey boats" that do whatever they please risking their own lives and the lives of others.

Don't get me started.

20 posted on 07/01/2009 10:10:44 AM PDT by capt. norm (Never underestimate the power of very stupid people in large groups.)
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To: traumer
Great story of odinary people taking extraordinary action.

Me, I swim like a rock and just don't understand how folks can go out on water and not wear a life vest at all times.

21 posted on 07/01/2009 10:50:30 AM PDT by pappyone (New to Freep, still working a tag line.)
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Dang! Go America!


22 posted on 07/01/2009 11:29:43 AM PDT by HEM
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To: traumer

We don’t need no stinkin’ governmnent to save us!


23 posted on 07/01/2009 12:48:37 PM PDT by Protect the Bill of Rights
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24 posted on 07/01/2009 1:07:17 PM PDT by Sandy
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To: Deb

Thanks! I don’t think I’ve heard a bad Bob Seger tune.


25 posted on 07/01/2009 1:14:50 PM PDT by Alberta's Child (God is great . . . beer is good . . . and people are crazy.)
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To: Alberta's Child

Seger is God! His live album is never out of my car.


26 posted on 07/01/2009 1:29:16 PM PDT by Deb (Beat him, strip him and bring him to my tent!)
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To: Sandy

That is EXTRAORDINARY!!! What a shot!


27 posted on 07/01/2009 1:30:59 PM PDT by Deb (Beat him, strip him and bring him to my tent!)
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To: bellas_sister

look at the pictures on this thread!


28 posted on 07/01/2009 1:31:44 PM PDT by Deb (Beat him, strip him and bring him to my tent!)
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Wow! What a man!
Brave, strong, handsome and humble!
29 posted on 07/01/2009 1:46:55 PM PDT by MaryFromMichigan
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Expect OSHA to fine the company he works for. Creeps.

Kudos to this brave individual. Him and the crane operator are heros.

30 posted on 07/01/2009 1:51:03 PM PDT by oldvike
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To: traumer; All
Reminded me of a story I posted a few years back about another hero, this one, all of 7 years old.
DECATUR BOY RESCUES LITTLE SISTER
31 posted on 07/01/2009 3:08:06 PM PDT by MaryFromMichigan
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To: angcat

Truly a sight for sore eyes. Wow! Makes ya wanna visit that river just about drown just for the hope of it all!


32 posted on 07/02/2009 10:24:46 AM PDT by SaraJohnson
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To: Alberta's Child

I love the slide guitar solo in that song. So basic. So bluesy. Technically perfect. Rock solid.


33 posted on 01/11/2011 1:21:43 PM PST by Bloody Sam Roberts (Tyrants flourish only when they achieve a standing army, an enslaved press, and a disarmed populace.)
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