Red Cross Real Heroes: Scott Vogell 

Scott Vogell and his wife Robin got involved with the ambulance service in Castine because after their son was born he developed and infection and had to be taken to a hospital in Portland for treatment.They appreciated the care their son got so much that they decided to be trained as EMTs and then volunteered on the ambulance service.That training paid off when their love of being on the water put them in the right spot to save a life making Scott Vogell one of this year’s Red Cross Real Heroes.”I’ve spent my life on the water,” Scott Vogell and his wife Robin were in their boat watching the start of a wooden boat race near Eggomoggin Reach in August. “The boats were going down the Reach so we were going looking for a place for lunch, to anchor.”So they and two friends Jon and Liz Parrish who were in another boat went to the Eastern Side of the Reach.”It was really rough that day so it was difficult to find a place that was calm enough to find a place to anchor for lunch”They were still looking for a good place to anchor when Scott spotted a boat in the distance.”When we looked back the Boston Whaler was just turning in a tight little circle, going very fast. So Robin got the binoculars and looked, and there was no body in the boat.”So they sped through the three to four foot high seas and when they got closer they could see 4 people in the 58 degree water, the first three were together and were brought into the Vogell’s boat.The 4th was Bill Cohen.”The minute that we pulled him out of the water it was obvious he was in serious trouble. He’d been run over by the prop and his leg…most of his calf has been cut loose, you know, lower leg and it was obviously bleeding profusely and there were two arterial bleeds that were pumping blood fairly fast and so we got some towels and go the calf back up fairly close to in place and wrapped three belts around, one each on where the arteries were bleeding and one in the middle to keep it all together and got him laid down and the foot raised up and got the bleeding stopped.”But they still had to get him to shore.An ambulance had been called, but couldn’t make it down the ramp on a dock they had located. So they went to plan B.”So we took the seats out of the little inflatable dinghy and put Bill in there, laid on the bottom with his foot on the outside tube and brought him to the beach.”Bill was taken to a waiting LifeFlight helicopter and taken to Eastern Maine Medical Center for treatment.What started as a leisurely day of watching a boat race, turned into a day of heroism.”I feel fortunate that somebody was there and knew what to do.””It becomes an emotional thing after but you don’t react that way or think that way during the process but afterwards, it’s always, it’s a drain.”