Saw this on the dps trooper dispatch sight .
Case number: 08-72452
Type: Search and Rescue
Text: On 8-29-08 at approximately 1733 hours, Troopers and Mat-Su EMS
rescue personnel responded to a report of a boat that had overturned in
the Talkeetna River with three people on board. The boat had struck a
log while navigating a curve in the river. One of the occupants was
identified as Scott Schumacher, age 59 of New Jersey. Schumacher was
thrown clear of the boat when it overturned. Schumacher was rescued by
another boat that was nearby. The other two occupants of the boat were
trapped under the boat as it continued to drift downstream. They were
identified as Joseph Merrill, age 54 of Palmer and his 14 year old son,
Matthew. All occupants were wearing personal flotation devices. EMS
rescue personnel quickly responded along with Steve Mahay, age 61 of
Talkeetna, in a Mahay's Riverboat Service jet-boat to rescue Merrill and
the boy. Mahay hooked his anchor onto the overturned boat and pulled it
upright with his boat. Merrill and his son were rescued, having spent
more than 30 minutes trapped under the boat with a six inch air pocket
allowing them to breathe. Merrill and his son were transported by EMS
to Mat-Su Regional Medical Center for mild hypothermia. Schumacher was
released by EMS at the scene.
Probably the first guys Mahay's helped out over the years huh?
Way to go Steve, you've still got it in you. I'm sure hoping someday all youve done for folks comes back on you. Apparently the father and son kept their wits about them pretty well to stay alive in those circumstances.
How will they ever thank him
Take a guy like him, responsible for a good deal of tourist activity in that small town, add to it the service he provides, consider the fact he is almost always there when somebody needs help, and top it off with a guy you can have a beer with and enjoy good conversation and a wealth of knowledge.
It kills me when you hear somebody complain about what he gets to shuttle folks up and down that river.
Instances like this reflect how easy you can get into trouble while doing things that appear to be routine.
Its nice to know that help like this is available without question.
Thanks to Steve and all of those who give when they can. Our thanks is probably pretty small along side knowing you potentially saved a human life.
Fantastic, I don't know Steve but sure hope he or someone like him is around if I get into trouble.
Things like this make America great! Hats off to those that go in harms way to help and protect others!
We really need to give thanks to the two women Talkeetna EMT's and one Trapper Creek EMT that did a bunch of the work also, the troopers and the rest of us just waited at the launch for them to return. Also involved was one of Steve's employees, J.J. Mahay's is always ready to assist Talkeetna EMS and we really appreciate it. Steve and his x-wife Kris were some of the founding members of Talkeetna Ambulance and have never lost that willingness to help out.