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Search and Rescue’s Heroic Efforts at Lake Lahontan

Search and Rescue’s Heroic  Efforts at Lake Lahontan

Author: Courtesy Churchill County Sheriff

Churchill County Sheriff Richard Hickox released a statement last week commending the efforts of the local Search and Rescue team recently at Lake Lahontan. According to Hickox, on the evening of July 1, members of the Churchill County SAR team were staged at Lake Lahontan to assist as needed. Shortly before 5 p.m., the team heard cries for help coming from a swimmer nearby. A male subject had swam out to retrieve a small raft that had floated away from shore and had drifted out further than expected. The distance proved deceptive, the swimmer became exhausted and began calling for help. 
Luke Bullis, a member of the SAR team, immediately began swimming out to the exhausted swimmer while other members of the team gathered assistance and a ride from a civilian on a jet ski. Toby Escobar, the SAR member riding passenger on the jet ski, was able to utilize recent training and deployed a throw rope to the swimmer. Escobar then dismounted the jet ski and remained in the water while the exhausted swimmer was taken to shore for medical treatment. SAR members retrieved Escobar a short time later. The rescued swimmer was revived and released on the scene shortly after. 
“I want to thank these members of the Churchill County Search and Rescue Unit for their selfless acts of heroism, and dedication to our community and each other for their actions that day,” stated Hickox, commending SAR team members Luke Bullis, Toby Escobar, Michael Gardner, and Walt Stacey. “Thank you for being there, being ready, and being willing to assist. Luke and Toby, you put your own safety at risk for someone else, words are inadequate to express our gratitude but please note we recognize your heroic and noble actions.”
Sheriff Hickox also commended the civilians, wishing to thank them for selflessly offering the use of their Jet Ski and boats to help in the rescue. 
 

 


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