- Associated Press - Sunday, October 11, 2015

CLEAR LAKE, Iowa (AP) - The rescue boat that was donated to Clear Lake’s fire department earlier this year came in handy last month when Jim Duea’s leg was caught on a boat.

The boat, with its specialized hydraulic platform on the bow, helped free the 77-year-old without doing additional damage to his leg, which had been impaled by a boat cleat.

The Mason City Globe Gazette reported (https://bit.ly/1VMjnvQ ) that the deep cut to Duea’s leg healed without him needing surgery.

“I can truthfully tell you it’s just amazing, and because of that big boat I did not get any further injury,” Duea said. “I got a deep wound in my leg, but I did not rip any more tissue.”

Clear Lake Fire Chief Doug Meyers said having the boat clearly made a difference in Duea’s rescue.

The 26-foot-long boat also has night-vision equipment, a pump for fighting fires and side-scanning sonar for underwater searches.

The Sept. 1 rescue was the first time the boat had been used since it was donated in June by Mark and Diane Holt of Mason City. The donation was made to honor Diana Holt’s father, a longtime assistant fire chief in Clear Lake.

Diana Holt said she was glad the boat helped.

“It just made my heart smile with happiness,” she said. “That’s what it was meant for.”

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Information from: Globe Gazette, https://www.globegazette.com/

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