Thank you to first responders for saving a life


Publisher’s note: Patricia Weed asked us to help her say thank you to the first responders who saved her husband’s life near Eagle Lake last month. Here’s her message.

Update: On May 29, 2024, Harvey Weed, 75, was rescued from Eagle Lake after spending the night in water. He was flown by helicopter to Renown hospital in Reno with severe hypothermia. Harvey is home and doing very well. We are so happy this fishing trip had a happy ending.

We would like to thank all the first responders, Lassen County Sheriff and search crews for all their time, experience and prayers that helped save Harvey’s life.

He is truly a miracle.

Harvey and Patricia Weed

Here’s our original story.


Missing boater ‘clinging to life’ located at Eagle Lake
A boater missing at Eagle Lake for nearly 19 hours was found and transported to an out-of-area hospital about 12:15 p.m. Wednesday, May 29.

After the unidentified 75-year-old man’s boat was located by a California Highway Patrol helicopter crew, deputies from the Lassen County Sheriff’s Office found the incoherent man lying on his back in the water clinging to life in critical condition. Deputies reported the boater’s head was on shore, and he was covered in water up to his ears, with only his face protruding from the water. The rest of his body was under water.

Here’s what happened, according to a statement from the Lassen County Sheriff’s Office. About 9 p.m. Tuesday, May 28, the LCSO Dispatch Center received a call in regards to a missing boater at Eagle Lake.

The reporting party said his friend, an elderly man, had left the Merrill Campground in a 15-foot aluminum boat. The boater was headed for the Eagle Lake Marina, and he was to meet his friend there to load the boat onto a trailer. The boater never arrived at the Marina.

Deputies immediately responded and began searching the area, both on land and water. Patrol boats were deployed as well as ground units. The search for the missing boater continued into the night to no avail.

At daybreak Wednesday, May 29, a request was made to the California Highway Patrol for a helicopter to fly the area in attempt to locate the missing boater. Boating and ground deputies were also re-deployed along with the Lassen County Search and Rescue Team.

California Highway Patrol helicopter H16 located the boat near Pelican Point, which is approximately 6 miles north of Merrill Campground via water. The boat was located on shore, unoccupied. H16 was able to direct the LCSO patrol boat to the area. Ground units responded as well.

Deputies discovered the boat had been tied up, with the engine stowed in the “up” position. Deputies and search and rescue members immediately began a search of the area for the missing boater. Shoe prints were discovered and followed for a short distance before they were lost in the rocky terrain. Motorcycles, quads and a side-by-side were deployed to cover as much ground as possible in attempts to locate the missing boater.

At approximately 1215 p.m., deputies searching the shoreline and working back in a southern direction located the missing boater lying on his back in the water, clinging to life. Deputies removed the man from the water and began life saving efforts.

A SEMSA Air Ambulance was requested to respond to the scene. The man was incoherent and could not speak. Deputies provided first aid were able to stabilize him until the Air Ambulance landed. The man was transported to an out of area hospital via helicopter in critical condition.

The Lassen County Sheriff’s Office would like to thank the California Highway Patrol, The Lassen County Search and Rescue Team, and SEMSA for their assistance with this incident.

According to the LCSO statement, “Our thoughts and prayers go out to this gentleman and his family. We wish you a full and speedy recovery.”