East River rescue dad a former Vail ski patrol worker

Posted By: The Ski Channel on April 5, 2010 8:23 am

Have you heard this great story? A man from California, David Anderson, sprung into action when his 2-year-old daughter Bridgette fell into the East River. They were on a ship museum at South Street Seaport when she fell from the gangplank. In the blink of an eye, David’s shoes were off, his pockets were emptied, and he was in the river to retrieve her. She was rushed to the hospital where she is reportedly in good condition.

The heroic and quick action David took doesn’t surprise us…10 years ago he worked at the Vail Ski Resort as a ski patroller! He’s pretty good at rescuing! One of his former co-workers from the resort, Steve Clark, commented on this event. “I’m not surprised”, he said. “He would do that in a heartbeat”. The photographer who took this shot, Eric Stringer of Long Island, was about to jump in after the girl too, but he said David was too fast for him! “I thought I was going in the water. I ran over there pulling my phone out of my pocket, pulling everything out of my pocket,” Stringer said. “The father was just so fast.”

Way to represent the Vail ski patrol, Dave! And we’re so thankful your daughter is unharmed!