WHIDBEY ISLAND, Wash. - The U.S. Navy is honoring the sailor who rappelled several hundred feet from a helicopter to rescue a 15-year-old girl who had fallen into the Skokomish River.
Hospital Corpsman Second Class Richmond Roy has been named Sailor of the Week. Roy is assigned to Naval Hospital Oak Harbor.
On Aug. 17, the Port Orchard girl was with friends when she fell into the river. She was on the beach with broken bones and internal injuries and showing signs of hypothermia. Mason County Fire rescuers had her bundled up and ready to go.
Lt. Brandon Sheets guided his NAS Whidbey Nighthawk Helicopter down a steep and canyon and, as seen in exclusive KING 5 video, under the 420-foot-high Steel Bridge.
Roy rappelled down from the helicopter and loaded the girl into position to be brought up into the helicopter.