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NPS Marine Ecologist Pulls Two From Burning Vehicle

Gulf Islands National Seashore

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Just before dawn on August 13th, Peter Craig, a marine ecologist from National Park of American Samoa who’s been detailed to the oil spill incident as a resource advisor, was en route to Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge near Gulf Shores when he came across a motor vehicle accident. A Mercedes had struck a tree and flipped over. Craig was the second person who arrived at the scene. While he was attempting to assist a man entrapped inside, the vehicle burst into flames. With persistence, Craig managed to drag the conscious victim out of a window by his legs. He then extinguished the man's burning clothes with his bare hands and his shirt. Rescue personnel soon arrived on scene and airlifted the victim to a trauma center in Pensacola with life-threatening injuries. A second entrapped person, who was not verbally responsive while Craig was proving aid, died at the scene. Craig was treated and released for burns to his hand.



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