By Erika I. Ritchie | [email protected] | Orange County RegisterPUBLISHED: June 1, 2018 at 2:39 pm | UPDATED: June 1, 2018 at 2:40 pm CAMP PENDLETON — Two Marines — accustomed to staying calm in chaos — this week used their military training to save four people clinging to a tree limb while dangling over the rushing Kern River. Pfc. Dustin Reed and Lance Cpl. Andrew Lucas, mechanics with the 1st Marine Logistics Group, 1st Maintenance Battalion at Camp Pendleton, were relaxing at Hart Memorial Park, a county park along the Kern River near Bakersfield on Tuesday, May 29, when they heard people screaming from the upper part of the river. “At first we thought they were just excited and having fun but as we got closer we saw a family hanging on a tree branch in the river,” Reed, 20, from Bakersfield, said Friday. “They were calling for help.” The Marines, who had been enjoying their final day of Memorial Day weekend leave from the base, reacted quickly, running to a spot higher up the river and jumping into the current to swim to the two women and two men. All were hanging above nine feet of water, the Marines recounted…. Read full this story
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