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Reefwalker
08-26-2009, 08:30 PM
DPS awards 6 civilians for rescuing 3 persons

http://www.saipantribune.com/newsstory.aspx?cat=1&newsID=93063

By Ferdie de la Torre
Reporter

Police Officer Emery Kaipat poses with five civilians who played heroes by saving the lives of two persons at Sugar Dock channel. (Contributed Photo) The Department of Public Safety has recognized six civilians who played heroes when the saved the lives of three persons in two separate sea incidents on Saipan.

DPS Commissioner Santiago F. Tudela handed certificates of appreciation to Fan Chun Li, Eric Lister, Alvin Iglecias, Dion Iglecias, Joe Reyes, and Keith Tores.

Tudela expressed his gratitude to “these heroes for risking their lives and taking the time to rescue the victims.”

Tudela and Boating Safety officers Sgt. Bernardo Santos and Police Officer II Florencio Falig commended the six civilians during a simple ceremony at the Boating Safety Section office in Smiling Cove Friday.

DPS spokesman Jason Tarkong said yesterday that Li, an employee of Big Boyz Jet Ski Co., helped a Chinese female from drowning at the Susupe Regional Park on June 28, 2009.

Tarkong said Li was on a jet ski when he saw the victim shouting for help. Li assisted the victim by pulling her onto the jet ski and bringing her to shore.

In the second incident, Lister was surfing at Sugar Dock on Aug. 8, 2009, when he saw Jerry Diaz, who was on a boogie board, being swept out to sea and outside the channel.

The weather at the time was bad and there were strong currents and large waves outside the reef line.

Tarkong said Lister sacrificed his life by paddling outside the reef and rescuing Diaz.

Lister helped Diaz by having him rest on the surfboard until they were rescued by passing fishermen aboard a boat.

Tarkong said Alvin Iglecias, the captain of the boat, was with his son Dion and passengers Joe Reyes and Keith Torres.

The fishermen were heading back to Sugar Dock from trolling when they saw Lister and Diaz outside the reef waving for assistance.

The boat's crew pulled Lister and Diaz onto their boat and brought them to Sugar Dock.

K38 Rescue
08-27-2009, 03:02 AM
That's just a wonderful story, thanks for posting it John!