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RAGLM Board > Announcements > Greater Lake Mathews Rural Trails Association (GLMRTA) Ride and Rescue
10/15/2014 10:34:52 AM
HeroesReply: Tonette
I can't stop reading this!  Thank God you were there and she was alive. We're so proud of our community. Good work. 
10/14/2014 4:25:49 PM
Good Rescue, GLMRTA Folk!Reply: Gayle Geer
I am grateful for all of you in this opportune encounter. Kudos to "our" EMT, Mark Smith.

I love our community!
10/14/2014 12:53:39 PM
Greater Lake Mathews Rural Trails Association (GLMRTA)Reply: Sandy
Greater Lake Mathews Rural Trails Association (GLMRTA) consists of a group of horse owners and riders that share a common concern for horses and keeping our trails.  Our next meeting will be Thursday, October 30, 7:00 PM, at Denny's Restaurant, 2955 Van Buren, Riverside.  We not only have  monthly meetings that include speakers on various equine subjects, but monthly rides as you can see by the article below.  If you have an interest, please come to our next meeting.  Also, if you want further information, please contact Clayton Rytych at 951-286-4572.
10/13/2014 3:39:36 PM
Greater Lake Mathews Rural Trails Association (GLMRTA) Ride and RescuePost: Sandy
Greater Lake Mathews Rural Trails Association's (GLMRTA) October trail ride report:                        
Eleven riders gathered at 9:00 AM to ride the 8.5 mile loop trail thru multiple river crossings (17) of the Santa Margarita Reserve and the Fallbrook Water Utility Open Space. The ride began and ended at the De Luz Trail head, where the riders enjoyed the excellent facilities for lunch at the end of the ride. Trail bosses Randy and Sue Gibson explained to the riders that even with the temp in the low 80’s, we have modified the ride this year to be ninety plus percent in the shade, and with the thin overcast, we all should stay cool. This year’s ride included a new river crossing and about two miles shorter than in the past. All the riders and horses handled the 17 river crossings with ease, and the water was only about knee deep. In the end it was a great day to ride the best river trail in California, and all stated with a smile how lucky we are to have this in our back yard.

About a half mile from the trail head, the group started hearing a car horn beep at random intervals. Then the group spotted a Red Ford Explorer upside down in a ditch next to Sandia Creek road. In the car was a woman who was crying for help and in great stress. While Randy Gibson and Mark Doty called 911, Mark Smith and Sue attended to the women whose named turned out to be Willa. While Sue calmed her down, Mark crawled thru a window, got under her, and very carefully simultaneously released her seat belt and lowered her on top of him. He kept her this way until the fire department unit arrived some 25 minutes later. The temp at this time had reached 100 degrees. Willa was 82 and seemed to be without major injuries when she was carried away by the medics. They thanked Mark who is a trained EMT from keeping a bad situation from being a lot worse.

Final note from Randy: This was a great group of riders and horses. They demonstrated this by both riders and horses staying calm during lots of stress and commotion. At this point in the ride, it had finally gotten hot per the forecast, and if we had not found Willa, the car could not be seen from the trail or road; she may have not been found quickly and could have succumbed from the heat. The GLMRTA riders very likely saved her life.
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