GEORGETOWN, SC (WCSC) - An 11-year-old boy who helped save his father after he severed his arm during a shrimping trip will be officially recognized for his heroism and courage in Georgetown Friday.
Jon-Allen Carl was shrimping with his dad on June 30 when the elder Carl's hand was caught in a hydraulic winch used to haul shrimp nets aboard the boat. The winch cut off Carl's left arm between the elbow and the shoulder.
Jon-Allen's dad then reached search and rescue controllers at Coast Guard on the radio before handing it over to his son, who was able to pass on critical information so that rescue crews could locate the vessel, Coast Guard officials said.
That's not all he did though, according to Coast Guard officials. They say that Jon-Allen knew a fishing partner was nearby, and started the engines and drove the boat to the partner's location.
Officials say this decision enabled Joseph Carl, 45, to receive initial medical assistance until rescue crews arrived on scene. The younger Carl stayed in continuous contact with the Coast Guard, and despite little medical knowledge, he followed the Coast Guard flight surgeon's instructions and his action prevented his father from bleeding to death.
A Coast Guard MH-65 Dolphin rescue helicopter crew from Air Facility Charleston arrived on scene shortly thereafter and transported the elder Carl to the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston.
The ceremony, which will be held at the Coast Guard Station in Georgetown, will also recognize first responders, the helicopter rescue crew assigned to Coast Guard Air Station Savannah, Georgia, Sector Charleston watchstanders and personnel from the Medical University of South Carolina.