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K38 Alumni, we salute Doug Knutzen and the Volunteer Pacific Ocean Rescue Team for their dedication, passion and setting the example for lifesavings for over 30 years. We are very proud of Doug and his team's contribution to their community and visitors at Long Beach, Washington. Our prayers to Dale and his remarkable family. God Bless and Thank You.

Plucked from the sea: Moment boy, 12, is carried to shore after spending 20 minutes under water

By Sara Nelson
Last updated at 6:56 PM on 10th August 2011

A 12-year-old boy has survived after spending as long as 20 minutes immersed in the Pacific Ocean surf. Charles 'Dale' Ostrander was visiting the southwest Washington coast with members of his church youth group last Friday when he was caught in a riptide north of Long Beach.

Doug Knutzen is part of the volunteer surf rescue team that spotted the boy in the water. When Knutzen carried Dale from the surf and handed him to medics, the veteran rescuer feared the worst.



Rescue swimmers Eddie Mendez, left, and Will Green return Charles 'Dale' Ostrander to the shore after the youngster got caught in a riptide north of Long Beach, Washington, on Friday

'I've been doing this since 1978,' Knutzen told The Oregonian.'It's something you never get used to, but I knew that the boy was gone, absolutely gone.'



Recording the scene was Damian Mulinix, a photographer from the Chinook Observer newspaper who had responded to the beach rescue.

He says the other children from the church group sobbed and prayed as Dale was carried to shore.'They were crying, face-down on the ground, praying — it was a heart-wrenching scene,' Mulinix said.



The rescue swimmers searched for the 12-year-old for a full 15 minutes before locating him and bringing him to safety Medics began working on Dale immediately and his pulse had returned by the time he was taken to a nearby hospital.

He was flown from the southwest Washington coast to OHSU Doernbecher Children's Hospital in Portland, Oregon.

On Sunday night, he opened his eyes as he was eased off sedatives.On Monday he said a handful of words to his parents, Chad and Kirsten Ostrander.

As they encouraged him to cough to clear his throat, he replied, 'I don't have to.'
Doctors have cautioned his parents that even if Dale survives, he could have permanent brain damage.

The physicians 'were very clear that he had been under for too long, had been without oxygen for too long,' Kirsten Ostrander said, adding, 'We trust (God) no matter what.'

If he chooses to take Dale to heaven, and if he still chooses that, then he's still good,' she said.

'And if he chooses to bless us and give us back our son, he's still good.'

Maybe there is a miracle that's happening here,' Chad added.

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This is a training course in Long Beach Washington, this was organized by by Vince Mcleods father on the far right. I had trained Greg[s son Vince, in Coronado at NAB. Vince was a USMC Recon instructor and instrumental in bringing PWC (personal watercraft) into the United States Military as a rescue platform for training operations. I'v been honored to train 2 generations of this amazing family.

These men are incredible watermen! Doug Knutzen and Greg McLeod-what great guys!
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LONG BEACH, Wash. (AP) As Charles Ostrander flailed in the turbulent waves of the Pacific, it was another 12-year-old who put her life on the line to save him the first in a series of responders who eventually pulled Ostrander back from the brink of death.

Nicole Kissel's daring actions provided rescue crews with what turned out to be a crucial extension of time. Ostrander, who goes by his nickname Dale, ended up spending several minutes lost in the water, was found lifeless in the surf but has since been revived in a remarkable recovery that defied even the expectations of his parents.
On Wednesday, he was out of the ICU and starting to talk with his family.
(AP Photo/Chinook Observer, Damian Mulinix) - Click to see more photos of boy's dramatic rescue.



After hearing Dale's call for help Friday, Nicole immediately turned her boogie board toward deeper waters despite the objections of her father, who shouted over the crashing waves about the dangerous conditions. Nicole managed to reach Dale, who was struggling to stay afloat, and helped him onto the three-foot board. Together, the two youths struggled against the rip current that had turned an average day at a popular beach into chaos.
"When we were on that board, I kind of shouted out to myself: 'We're going to die. I can't die like this,'" Nicole recalled.
Dale, meanwhile, had offered words of assurance: "Keep paddling. We're almost there."
If only.
A rogue wave slammed into the pair, knocking them off the board. Nicole managed to get back up, but Dale disappeared back into the surf.
By the time rescuers had reached the beach, fellow members of the church group Dale had been traveling with were huddled in tears and prayer while some stood on trucks trying to get a vantage point to spot him.
Eddie Mendez, a volunteer water rescuer, was working his day job at a construction site when the emergency call came in. The 34-year-old immediately drove over to the beach and changed into a wet suit while his colleague launched two jet skis.




Mendez said he saw a shadow moving under the breaking water offshore, so he and a diver rushed over. They scanned the area for a few minutes before Mendez spotted the shadow again. They found the boy floating about two feet below the surface of the water.
"He was white-pale and face down," Mendez said.
As they pulled the boy on board, Mendez realized he was rescuing a child about the age of his own daughter.
"I thought, 'Wow, this is like my own child,'" Mendez said.
Mendez drove the boy to the beach, where emergency responders began trying to revive him. There was no sign of life but they kept performing CPR as they transported him. Finally, after Dale reached a nearby hospital, his pulse returned.
Then Dale was flown from the southwest Washington coast to OHSU Doernbecher Children's Hospital in Portland, Ore. His parents were still steeling themselves for the worst.
"I expected to say our goodbyes and so did my wife, and we were just prepared for that," said Chad Ostrander, who was at the family's home in Spanaway, Wash., when it happened. But on Sunday night, as he was eased off sedatives, Dale opened his eyes.
"At that moment, that was the first glimmer of any hope," his father said. "It didn't mean he was going to make it. It just meant that there was hope."
It's unclear whether he'll fully recover, but his parents have hope.
"There's been several miracles just in the circumstances of finding him, the fact that he's not dead, the fact that he can move, the fact that he can speak," Chad Ostrander said. "Unbelievable."
Generally, the chances of surviving a near-drowning increase when a person is young, the water is cold and the time spent underwater is short. Dr. Mark Morocco, an emergency room doctor at the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, said medical literature cites at least one case in which a person survived after being submerged for about an hour.
Morocco said the fact that Dale was wearing long sleeves probably helped him.
It is not clear how long the boy was actually underwater. Mendez said about 15 minutes elapsed between the time rescuers were dispatched and the time Dale was pulled from the ocean.
Morocco, who was not involved in Dale's care, said swift treatment was key. He credited rescuers for continuing resuscitation efforts even though the boy lacked a pulse and reflexes.
"When this kid came out of the surf, he looked dead," he said. "But you have to ignore the fact that he looks dead" and give CPR.
Dale starting talking on Monday. When his parents encouraged him to cough to clear his throat, he replied, "I don't have to."
Doctors have cautioned his parents that even if Dale survives, he could have permanent brain damage.
The physicians "were very clear that he had been under for too long, had been without oxygen for too long," Kirsten Ostrander said. "We trust (God) no matter what."
Dale will need speech and physical therapy, and can't get out of his hospital bed yet, his father said.
"Things are going along better than anyone expected so at this point we're very happy," he said.
"Honestly, all of the doctors' prospects are very negative. They're very honest and blunt. But they said every once in a while there's a miracle, and we don't want to give up on that," Ostrander said.
Dale has uttered a few more words. Ostrander said that when he told him he couldn't get out of bed, "He reared up and said, 'Yes, I can.'"
Two more words came Wednesday, when Nicole Kissel visited him.
She said he seemed to have trouble focusing his eyes for most of the 15-minute reunion. But as she left, he made eye contact for the first time and said, "Thank you."
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Barnard reported from Grants Pass, Ore. Associated Press writers Jonathan J. Cooper in Portland, Ore., and Alicia Chang in Los Angeles contributed to this report
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