Couple Assists in Boating Accident Rescue

By: Cathleen Moxley Email
By: Cathleen Moxley Email

Family and friends are still recovering after a fatal boating accident that happened over the weekend.

As tragic as the incident was, it could have been much worse, but fortunately a couple that was boating close by was able to help out in the rescue.

Rick and Celeste Ridgway went out on their boat Saturday for what they thought would be a relaxing day on the river.

"We both decided as rough as the water was and as high as the waves were, we should head back," Celeste said.

But on their way back, they noticed something even more alarming.

"There were some folks on the ramp waving their arms frantically," Rick said.

That's when they saw several people in the river who had been on a boat that capsized. And it only took a split second for instinct to kick in.

"We were on automatic pilot. You do what you know how to do or what you think needs to be done," Rick said.

Celeste navigated the boat while Rick went in, and while they were able to assist in getting some back to land safely, Rick says by time he found 50-year-old David Midcap, it was too late, but he knew he had to try.

"He had already started CPR on Dave and didn't hesitate," Celeste said.

But after doing everything possible, there's still that one haunting question.

"I started to dwell on the situation of 'what if.' What if we could have got to someone sooner. It's very difficult to look at a situation like that and say that you did help someone," Rick said.


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  • by Rhonda Location: Dayton on Jul 8, 2009 at 07:49 PM
    Celeste please contact me. rkeele63@hotmail.com
  • by Rick Location: Little Hocking on Jun 28, 2009 at 08:29 PM
    Yes there were two others that my wife got the attention of that jumped into the water and helped pull Dave to our boat. I did mention this in the interview (and we don't get WTAP so I haven't seen what was aired yet) They came up and spoke to us after we all got back on shore. In the distress of the day I do not remember their names, they MOST CERTAINLY DO NEED TO BE RECOGNIZED FOR THEIR EFFORTS.
  • by Kelly Location: Parkersburg on Jun 28, 2009 at 06:45 AM
    We need more people like you guys that was a heroic thing you have done..most people would have starred and pointed and wouldnt do anything..my heart goes out for the family that lost their loved ones. my best friend drowned in a boating accident a month ago..The other people that helped as well are heros just the same. God bless the family and everyone that helped this family!!
  • by Rhonda Location: Dayton on Jun 27, 2009 at 07:40 PM
    Celeste if you or some one you know gets this e-mail, please write me back. Rhonda
  • by Brenda,Daves sis Jeremy s aunt Location: Parkersburg on Jun 25, 2009 at 09:30 PM
    I just want to let you know that i am so very thankful to the both of you. Theres not enough words to thank you. Can t thank you enough. May God bless you.
  • by Curious Location: Parkersburg on Jun 25, 2009 at 07:07 PM
    What about the people who actually pulled Dave aboard? Yes you are HEROS for doing what you done but theres other people who need to be thanked also.....
  • by Mel on Jun 25, 2009 at 01:07 PM
    Two angels is what the Ridgway's are. In some societies people would of stood by and done nothing. What you did was a act of heroism and you should never ever feel upset. God Bless!!
  • by anonymous Location: pkbg on Jun 25, 2009 at 12:24 PM
    you both did a great job. and i am so thankful u two was there to help this family. i am sure they r very thankful to you both, the world needs more people like you two...god bless you all
  • by mindy Location: ohio on Jun 25, 2009 at 07:21 AM
    As sad as this was you did all you could and did save 5 people. It was all GODS plan and you were in that water to help those you could so dont dwell you are heroes and And you could only do so much . GOD BLESS YOU AND ALL THE FAMILIES INVOLVED!
  • by karen ex wife of david Location: belpre on Jun 25, 2009 at 06:03 AM
    to mr & miss ridgway. i just want to thank you two youre heros. if you hadnt been there we would have been looking for two people.thank you and god bless you for youre help. we love you.thanks so much
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