Just got back from taking the kids(mine and neighbors) down to Ship Creek. I have a aluminum skiff that I use to go and float some eggs. Usually there are several other boats there. Tonight it was just me. Soon after arriving and starting to drop some lines, I noticed that a young lady had got herself stuck in the mud a little ways downstream from me. She was there by herself on the East side of the river upstream from the insulfoam plant. Nobody else was around and she was up to her crotch in mud. It didn't take long to realize that she was in serious trouble. The water was up to the same level shortly after. I motored over to her to try to get her out. She was very upset and crying. She said that she just got here from Kodiak and somebody on Elmendorf told her to go down there fishing. While I totally admire the fact that she wanted to fish, she did make a mistake. This poor gal was probably 15-20 minutes from death by the time I finally pulled her into the skiff. We were VERY lucky to get her out. That is the Happy part.
She said that she wanted to go back up to the bridge, so I motored up around the corner. There was a line of about 15 men fishing. We asked how deep the water was so I could get up to the shore under the bridge. I told them that this gal was just pulled out of the mud and was very lucky to be here. They acted like I was not there. One older guy made a smart comment about her crying. In hindsight I should have taken her to the dock. I am upset with myself for that, especially after the way she was treated. This poor gal was covered in mud and was crying. She tried to walk up the bank and fell down. Her pants were falling down. Not one of the 15 or so "MEN?" would put down their rod to help her. Not only that, but several had to have rude comments.
As I started to go back down the river, my blood started to boil. I turned the boat around and went back to let them know that this gal was close to dieing. and that I could not believe that they had no compassion. Several made their comments. I told them I hope that their fish was worth it. I hope one day that they don't need help and they get the same response. By the time I got back to the same spot I was in, the water would have been at her head level. I must say that a gentleman did come from across the creek(westside) and wanted to help , but there was nothing he could do without putting himself at serious risk. Though I probably shouldn't be,I was embarrassed by what some "men" have become.
Thanks for letting me vent.