Rescuers Spend 12 Hours Trying To Get 500-Pound Man To The Hospital

Filed under: In The News — @ July 18, 2007

After a living nightmare, Martin Rike was finally rescued after 12 hours

Did you hear about the story of a 500-pound man whose excessive weight put his life in very real danger earlier this week?

Martin Rike, a 500-pound truck driver, was inner tubing for the first time ever on the St. Croix River with some friends on Monday when he started having chest pains. His buddies called for paramedics who were dispatched to the scene and stabilized him around 8pm.

The problem was the medical crew couldn’t hoist this morbidly obese man into the helicopter to get him to the nearest hospital. In other words, he was too fat for the equipment and much too heavy.

Upwards of 50 rescue team members assisted the medical crew with “creative” means for getting Rike to a place where he could be transported for medical attention. They used boats and canoes to float him down the river, but the water was too shallow and they couldn’t move him.

They then put Rike inside of an aluminum boat to try to carry him to safety. But, again, his body weight was too much for the desperate rescuers to handle. Someone came up with the idea to tie three canoe together and place boards on top of them to use as a raft. Even this got stuck often, but worked well enough to reach an ambulance that was waiting for them downstream.

In all, it took 12 hours for Rike to reach the ambulance–at 8:00am the next morning!

Holy cow, can you believe this story?! It’s a good thing he wasn’t in real danger or this man may have died with rescuers at the cruel and helpless mercy of gravity. What a tragedy this story would have been had that happened.

This illustrates another reason why obesity needs to be taken seriously in this country and around the world. And you’ll NEVER believe what this man’s mother had to say about her son’s health! Read more about this harrowing story that should shock every overweight and obese person into reality by clicking here.


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