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Timing Critical in Cardiac Rescue

When it comes to a cardiac emergency, responders say time is critical.  That proved to be so true over the weekend when 81-year old Elton Knutson was walking on the beach with his daughter.  Suddenly he collapsed and she called for anyone who may know CPR.   Off-duty Western Lane Ambulance paramedic Danielle Hanson was enjoying the day on the beach with her family and friends.  She immediately jumped into action.  Hanson took over CPR while her friend, Jeremy Wallis; who had just completed combat lifesaver training in the army; attended to Knutson’s airway.  More people came over to assist, including Sara Egan an ER Nurse at Peace Health.   Egan said Hanson was – quote – “amazing”, remaining calm; in control; and encouraging.  “If she hadn’t been there, things wouldn’t have turned out as well” she added.   Medics arrived within a few minutes and used a defibrillator to shock the patient’s heart back into a normal rhythm and transported him to Peace Harbor Hospital and then on to River Bend where he underwent surgery earlier this week.  Family and friends say Knutson is doing well.


The US Coast Guard says a crab boat ran aground yesterday near Coos Bay, and three fishermen were rescued.

The Coast Guard said a helicopter hoisted the three to safety early Wednesday from the vessel about 400 yards off Cape Arago.

Rocks thwarted crews that responded by boat.

The 39-foot vessel named the Robert Henry was reported to have about 4,000 pounds of catch and 400 gallons of fuel on board

The Coast Guard says investigators from Astoria will assess the potential for pollution and to work with the owner to develop a salvage plan.


A ghost-themed TV show shot in Eastern Oregon is set to debut this month on the Syfy network.

The Baker City Herald reports the show is called “Ghost Mine” and says it sets the ghost hunt programming the network is known for amid the historic mining district around Sumpter in Baker County.

The town southwest of Baker City was the largest of the mining towns in the area during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. It reached a population of about 3,000 before the First World War. It’s now known for tourism, a large piece of mining equipment called the Sumpter dredge and a state park.