Benton City Man Helps Rescue 15-Year-Old Off Oregon Coast
BENTON CITY, Wash.-- A local man finds himself on TV all over the country saving someone's life. Richard Chambers grew up in Benton City is now in the U.S. Coast Guard risking his life for others.
Chambers says this isn't the first time he's rescued someone. He's been in the Coast Guard for more than 18 years and says this type of thing has happened before.
Chambers had to rescue 15-year-old boy off the Oregon Coast last weekend. The boy and his friends were on the beach when the tide rose rapidly, trapping them in a cove near a cliff. Two of them escaped, but one was trapped for nearly an hour when Chambers and the Coast Guard arrived to save him.
The rescue felt almost routine, according to Chambers. He says, "We've trained with this so much that it just seems like training and instead of having a dummy on the cliff, we have a live person. You have a little more involved there with an actual person. So, it just makes you feel good that you got someone safe."
The boy wasn't injured, just cold and scared.
Chambers signed up for the Reserves after graduation from Ki-Be High School and went to CBC for a few years before joining the Coast Guard full time. He loves what he does, but plans to retire in 2010.