VIDEO: Boat-crash survivor thanks rescuers

For an Indiana woman who was critically injured in a boating accident in May, the holidays are more special than usual this year.
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For an Indiana woman who was critically injured in a boating accident in May, the holidays are more special than usual this year.

Becky Harris, 52, and her husband recently visited Indianapolis Fire Station 9 in Castleton to say thank you. Indianapolis Fire and EMS, along with Fishers Police and DNR officers, assisted in the rescue and in treating Harris.

On May 17, a boat broadsided Harris’ pontoon at 50 mph on Geist Reservoir.

“Knocked our steering wheel off, knocked the console all down on top of me, knocked my husband into the water, who miraculously made it back into the boat,” Harris told TV station Fox 59 in Indianapolis.

First responders were notified and worked to locate the crash while Becky’s husband, Boyd, administered CPR. Harris had a serious head injury and broken bones.

“We were very fortunate that we were able to get down there,” said Lt. Mike Janes of the Fisher Police, who was one of the first people at the scene. “We were able to locate the victim, get her onto a backboard and move her over to our boat and transport her to the shore, where she was able to be taken care of by EMS.”

“They made all the right moves and the outcome was a tremendous blessing,” Boyd Harris said.

Becky Harris is still recovering, but she and her husband wanted to thank in person the 20 first responders who saved her life.

“It’s very, very gratifying for all of us here that were involved on that day,” Janes said.

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