CATHLAMET, WA (CNN) -- A 9-1-1 dispatcher calls in reinforcement from her mom. It happened Sunday in Washington state when someone called about a kayaker capsized in a frigid river.
The frantic call for help came in just as Raeyden Grasseths shift was ending. Her co-worker answered, but she heard what was going on.
As the caller described where her friends kayak capsized, Grasseth realized she knew where the boater was. She also knew it would take a patrol boat 15 to 30 minutes to get to the scene.
So, she called her mom to check it out. Grasseth says, "I thought, ok I know exactly where that is and decided, well, I know some people in the area and so I called and asked."
Not only did Cynthia Faubian check it out, the retired nurse and long-time EMT grabbed a kayak, and paddled through the pain of a broken arm toward the woman who was clinging to a piling trying to stay out of the frigid Columbia River. She says, "And, I said are you ok? And, she said, yeah she was ok she was just wet and cold."
At about the same time Cynthia's husband and nephew rushed over in their 14 foot skiff and helped the kayaker to safety.
Cynthia and her daughter say they're happy the rescue played out as well as it did.
But, they down-play their actions, saying they did what anybody in the community would... help a neighbor in need.
"I'm proud to live a community where people are so willing to help out... it's wonderful."