Civilian Responders Execute Rescue at Baker Park
Three civilian rescuers responded to save an adult man from drowning Monday afternoon at Baker Park. Public Safety Fire and Police responded to a near drowning call Monday afternoon and arrived to find the victim safe on shore beneath the Parkway Bridge.
Three men attempted to swim across the Rogue from Baker Park to the rock wall underneath the bridge when one of the men was overcome by the current and struggled for over five minutes before going underwater.
Then three civilians took action with Joe Pitzo, a former lifeguard swimming to the victim, lifting his head out of the water.
Then Donna Clark and James Gardner took a raft to Pitzo and the victim taking both to the gravel bar under the bridge. The victim was evaluated and taken to Three Rivers Medical Center.
The Department of Public Safety urges caution when attempting a water rescue without training.