911 dispatcher sends own mom to help kayaker

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by KGW Staff

kvue.com

Posted on April 2, 2013 at 8:24 PM

CATHLAMET, Wash. -- A dispatcher in the small town of Cathlamet, Washington sent her own mom to rescue a capsized kayaker because she feared police were too far away.

The call for help came into the 911 dispatch center on Easter Sunday. A kayaker capsized in the Columbia River, just east of Cathlamet and needed help – fast.

Dispatcher Raeyden Grasseth knew her family was close by but the police patrol boat was not.

So she called her mom on the phone and asked her to check it out.

Cynthia Faubian saw the capsized kayaker clinging to a piling in the Columbia River. She grabbed a kayak herself, then paddled out to help.

At the same time, Faubian’s husband and nephew rushed over in a small skiff.

The trio worked together to pull the soaked and stranded kayaker to safety.

“I said, ‘Are you okay?’ And she said, ‘Yeah.’ She was okay, she was just wet and cold,” Faubian recalled.

Meantime, Grasseth alerted a deputy to respond as well.

“I’m proud to live a community where people are so willing to help out, it’s wonderful,” she said.

The kayaker was cold, but did not require any serious medical care of hospitalization

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