man tries to savve woman's life
resident and business owner, Rick Pollard, did everything in his
power to help a woman involved in a jet ski accident Monday evening
on the Ohio River to no avail.
I wish things had turned out differently, Pollard
told The Versailles Republican.
We had cleaned up dads boat and decided to head up
the river to eat, Pollard said. He continued, We had
just finished having dinner at Hooters when everything changed.
Pollard, his wife, Vicki, daughter Erica and a friend, Janie Werner,
were on a boating excursion on the Ohio River when they heard
the screams. I saw two jet skis with nobody on them,
He immediately went to see what he could do. I grabbed her
(the victims) arm and pulled her on board, he noted.
Later Pollard would find out the woman he was
desperately trying to save was Laura Russell, 29, of Fairfield,
I started doing CPR and then Erica took over, he noted.
He would later realize that the womans injuries were too
extensive for simple CPR. Pollard said paramedics arrived on the
scene, but it was too late.
They were just having fun that turned into tragedy,
Pollard said of Russell and a friend, who was on a separate water
craft and not injured.
Police say Russell made an abrupt turn in the jet ski she was
operating. Her friend tried to slow down, but the forward momentum
thrust the jet ski into Russell.
Both operators were wearing life jackets and alcohol was not a
factor in the crash.
Pollard said it was a tragic accident and felt bad that the outcome
couldnt be different.
He has had calls since he first appeared on Cincinnati television
stations where it showed his pontoon boat near the site on the
river. One was from South Ripley Principal and friend of Pollards,
Bob Meyer. I appreciated him calling, Pollard concluded.