Lifeguards, Resident Honored for Rescue

Dennis Evanosky &nbsp&nbsp&nbsp Left to right: Mayor Trish Spencer presented commendations to Jack Davis, Adam Fishbaugh and Brendan McCauley on Aug. 23. Davis and McCauley live in town.

Lifeguards, Resident Honored for Rescue

Alameda residents saved couple from capsized jetski

Mayor Trish Spencer awarded Certificates of Recognition to three Alamedans on Wednesday, Aug. 23, for their brave rescue of a distressed couple last month. 

They received their certificates in front of family members at council chambers in City Hall. 

The rescue took place July 15 on the water adjoining the Martin Luther King Jr. Regional Shoreline along Doolittle Drive. The couple, a man and a woman, were riding a Wave Runner in the water before it crashed and capsized around 6:50 p.m., according to Brendan Macaulay, one of the rescuers. They used the vessel’s seat cushion to stay afloat. The individuals were not wearing lifejackets.  

The rescuers, Macaulay, Jack Davis and Adam Fishbaugh, dove into the water while someone called 911. The lifeguards reached the swimmers and brought them to shore, while reassuring the woman who was panicking. The other boater told the men, “I thought we were done.” Fire personnel arrived shortly after the couple was rescued to offer medical assistance.

The rescue almost did not happen as the three men were passing by the area by coincidence. Macaulay, a former lifeguard, was driving home. The two younger men, Davis and Fishbaugh, were driving home after returning from their jobs as lifeguards at Cull Canyon Regional Park in Castro Valley. Both groups recognized the couple’s distress and immediately drove back to assist. Macaulay did not know Davis and Fishbaugh before the incident.