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Saved becomes savior: Man, who also once nearly drowned, pulls struggling child out of Boronda Lake

Original post made on Aug 18, 2020

As Daniel Frisk was winding down from a hike at Foothills Park, a large splash triggered his instincts: He ran to check out what -- or rather who -- might have gone into Boronda Lake.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Tuesday, August 18, 2020, 7:12 PM

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Posted by shukaduka
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Aug 18, 2020 at 10:32 pm

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Nice. I like stories that make you want to write a story about something. Maybe the quest for the buried memory turns up something ... else. Maybe the bicycle kid turns into a psychopath! And the resolution is TOO WEIRD NOT TO READ.


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Posted by Anonymous
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Aug 19, 2020 at 10:56 pm

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What were the parents doing?!


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Posted by D on R
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Aug 21, 2020 at 11:03 am

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Frisk did exactly the right thing -- he reached for the person who needed help. If you've ever taken a lifeguarding class, the order actions you should take is very clear -- reach, throw, row and [lastly] go. You may have noticed that pools have poles nearby to extend the lifeguard's reach.


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Posted by Becky Sanders
a resident of Ventura
on Aug 21, 2020 at 11:04 am

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Great Job, Mr. Frisk. Stuff like this can happen in the blink of an eye. I was saved by my alert cousin who saw me struggling in a pool that was full of rollicking kids. My mom and sister were right there. There was a life guard on duty. My mom carried her attention lapse around with her the rest of her life. That kid at Boronda was not expecting to bike off the dock. What a kid thing to do, just like I hadn't meant to end up in the deep end while playing with some kids. That's why it really takes a village. We need to look out for one another. Great Job, Mr. Frisk. This story gave me a boost on a smokey, pandemicky Friday morning! And thank you Lloyd and PAW for bringing us the good news as well as the bummers of the day!


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Posted by Jonathan Brown
a resident of Ventura
on Aug 21, 2020 at 12:53 pm

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Hooray for Daniel Frisk!
His mind quick, actions brisk.
A boy, a bike, a lake,
A splash, a leap, to make
The rescue worth the risk.
Hooray for Daniel Frisk!


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Posted by Spectator at Large
a resident of Leland Manor/Garland Drive
on Aug 21, 2020 at 1:34 pm

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“Oh, but my bike is still in there” comment by the boy reminded me of a Jewish comedian’s joke about a Jewish Mom commenting after the rescue of her child from the ocean alive and well, “he had a hat”.

I am glad that the rescuer left the bicycle retrieval to the parents and I am so grateful for his quick action. The article doesn’t say how far behind the parents were but with 4 children total they had their hands full. A momentary lapse in attention could have been so tragic! Thank you thank you Daniel Frisk! Glad you had a chance to “pay it forward”.


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