Rescuer praises community effort in Sark search
Tuesday 17th September 2013, 12:04PM BST.
HAULING an unconscious woman from the sea was an adrenalin-fuelled blur, a civilian rescuer from Saturday night’s dramatic Sark boat accident has said.
Vicky Rang, 24, pictured, was in the island’s Mermaid pub celebrating her brother’s 21st birthday, when she was called by her older brother, Mat, 27, to help in a search operation unfolding off the coast for two missing people.
‘I went out in my parents’ Rib and spent about 45 minutes searching. I heard the gentleman shout, cut the engine to hear and heard him shout again. I found them within a minute, and pulled the female out. Another boat that was in shouting distance came over and pulled the man out. They were both tired and cold,’ the physiotherapist said.
The woman was unconscious when pulled from the sea south-west of Bec du Nez, she said, and vomited into the boat before coming round as soon as she was on board.
‘I was on my own, it was scary, but I was full of adrenalin and knew I had to find them. I just thought “keep going, keep going”. I just had a head torch on, but I think my eyes adjusted to the dark.’
Four private boats from Sark hunted for the pair, she said, and she was at pains to point out that other people deserved credit.
‘It was not a sole effort and it was good to see the whole community out.’