Unsung Heroes: Scout, his Scouter Mom Rescue Kayaker from Possible Yypothermia
While it may seem like an only-in-winter emergency, hypothermia can strike at any time — even in the middle of June.
Saved by the Jacket
On June 14, 2020, Marlin Reeder and his mom, Brandi, were lounging during a family campout at Eleven Mile State Park in Lake George, Colo., when they heard people screaming.
Marlin, who was 13 at the time, ran to the lakeshore to get a closer look. He saw an overturned sit-on-top kayak and a man holding onto it, seemingly struggling to keep his head above water.
“I immediately called my mom over, and she told me to launch her and her kayak into the water so she could get the man out of the water,” Marlin says. “I prepared the kayak while she put on her life jacket. I warned her about the risk, but she insisted that he wouldn’t stay above water for long, so she had to go now.”
After a fateful rescue, the man was taken to the hospital and made a full recovery.