"Marina staff member
rescues woman from Mare Island Strait
On February 3, 2021, around 4:30 pm, Paul Miller, a Vallejo Building Maintenance
Worker for the Marina Division, received a call from the emergency
pager regarding a woman trespassing on the K dock
at the Marina. Witnesses said she seemed to be exhibiting distress
and was also in and out of the water
trying to steal a boater’s canoe. Paul Miller contacted Larry Bowling, Sr. Maintenance
Worker for the Marina Division, to alert him of the situation. Larry Bowling reached out to the Vallejo Police Department. Upon arrival, Paul Miller made contact with an Allied
guard on J dock
that stated she jumped into the water
and went out into the Mare Island Strait. Paul Miller immediately advised the security
guard to contact the Coast Guard. Paul preceded to run to the other end of the Marina, and without hesitation, used the Marina’s boat
to search for the woman in the Mare Island Strait. Paul Miller was able to locate her upon observing the tide and current
condition of the water. Once Paul knew which direction to search in, he explained, “At first, I thought I saw a sea lion, but I wasn’t sure because it was so far away. I continued to focus my direction on this figure in the water, and it was indeed a sea lion, but – about 30 feet away from this sea lion was another figure that definitely looked like a human’s head
He approached the individual and was able to pull her out of the water and bring her back to safety
. Shortly after arriving back at the dock, Coast Guard,
VPD, and other emergency
responders arrived on the scene and handled the situation from there. Paul is a shining example of what it means to B.E.
G.R.E.A.T. in Vallejo, exhibiting the type of care and core
values we all strive for daily!"
Above from my marina's newsletter. ... Hey, isn't the Coot moored at K dock?! But got no canoe.