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Community: Couple pulled out of trouble

Tuesday night we were returning from Anacortes and turned east off Dike Road onto Frostad Road. It seemed simple enough only the white line wasn’t quite visible until my front right wheel crossed over it and into the ditch. The entire car followed it and suddenly we were in the ditch headed east at a 45 degree angle.

We reported to a concerned passerby that we were not hurt and about that time two young men came up to the car and offered to try to pull us out of the ditch.

The first attempt failed when the tow rope parted and the good Samaritan with the 4x4 pickup went to a nearby location to get a stronger tow rope. He returned with a hundred feet of 5/8-inch braided Dacron line and when three strands of that were connected we were pretty sure that wouldn’t break.

About that time a very courteous and personable law enforcement officer came by and advised a tow truck. He was skeptical that the 4x4 could do the job. He graciously allowed the effort to proceed and directed traffic to assure that overall safety was achieved.

The tow line held and we were back up on Frostad Road and out of the ditch.

I asked Velma, the love of my life, to get the names and addresses and the men declined to give us their names saying, “We don’t want anything. We had fun doing that.”

I have always thought that Whidbey Islanders were wonderful people, but now we know it for sure.

Don and Velma Monteith

Oak Harbor

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