Coast Guard Saves Man in Lake Havasu, Arizona

LAKE HAVASU, Ariz. – Two Coast Guard members assisted in saving the life of a man after an apparent fall from his boat into the water near the London Bridge Channel in Lake Havasu, Ariz., Monday evening.

Both Coast Guard members are assigned to Sector San Diego, and were in Lake Havasu during Memorial Day Weekend to help the Lake Havasu Police Department during the busy first weekend of summer.

The Coast Guard members, Petty Officers Omar Rose and Brandon Crespo, were on a joint patrol with the Havasu Police Department when they heard cries for help near the shoreline. As they approached the area they saw a group of people trying to bring an unconscious, bleeding man out of the water and to the shore.

Rose and Crespo immediately began to provide first aid to the 22-year-old man by making sure his airway was open and his body and spine were immobile until local emergency medical services arrived on scene and were able to take over.

“This is our job,” both Rose and Omar said about helping the man. “We joined the Coast Guard to save lives and this particular weekend afforded us that opportunity.”

Lake Havasu falls under the area of responsibility for Coast Guard Sector San Diego, and often on busy weekends, such as Memorial Day, Coast Guard members from the Sector travel to the lake to help the local authorities with the extra boaters on the water, a mission they have been doing for the past two years with the Lake Havasu Police Department.

The injured man was airlifted to Phoenix for further treatment.

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