Edmonds ferry workers, public come to aid of passenger in distress

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We receive on a weekly basis an e-newsletter from David Moseley, assistant secretary for the Washington State Ferries. In Friday’s issue was this story of heroism that occurred on the Ferry Spokane during its Edmonds-Kingston run Wednesday night:

“One of our walk-on passengers boarding in Edmonds lost consciousness in the overhead walkway. Under the direction of Captain Curtis Larson, crew members responded to the situation within seconds. After noticing the passenger was not breathing, Ordinary Seaman Cathie Bailey, one of the first crew members on the scene, started chest compressions immediately.

“Captain Larson asked passengers over the public address system for trained medical assistance. An emergency room nurse and another passenger responded. While Cathie was giving chest compressions, the nurse started mouth-to-mouth resuscitation. After a minute or so, Terminal Attendant Avery Hayes relieved Cathie and continued compressions. Our oiler, Dana King, helped hold and stabilize the patient while CPR efforts were under way.

“The efforts of these individuals led to our passenger regaining his pulse with labored breathing. Soon thereafter, Edmonds Fire Department medics arrived, stabilized the patient and readied him for transport to the local hospital. WSF staff and the unidentified ER nurse saved this man’s life.

“I, along with Captain Larson, would like to personally thank OS Cathie Bailey, Terminal Attendant Avery Hayes, Chief Mate Pam Jamison, 2nd Mate Pete Malek,  OS Mark Freiboth, OS Jessie Renecker and Oiler Dana King.”

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