Quileuete Nation to the Rescue

Members of the Quileuete Nation played a vital role in saving helicopter crash victims.

“When a Coast Guard helicopter carrying four crew members slammed into the water near the mouth of the Quillayute River on Wednesday, five Quileute fishermen were first on the scene.

The fishermen — Levi Black, Jim Williams, Mark Williams, Charles Sampson and Darryl Penn — jumped into two skiffs and headed straight for the helicopter as soon as they heard the aircraft go down.

They pulled two men who showed few to no vital signs out of the water.

At shore, tribal members performed cardiopulmonary resuscitation while waiting for medics to arrive.

“They are some very brave people,” said Tribal Chairwoman Anna Rose Counsell-Geyer.

For Penn, who is the Quileute Marina harbormaster, it was simply about helping those who have always been their for the fishermen.

“You don’t think, ‘Do I go or not’ — you just go,” Penn said.

“They are always here for us.”

See more in the Pennisula Daily News.


  1. The fact that one of them is named Levi Black made me giggle.

  2. So sorry for those that lost their lives and prayers go out to the families. Be comforted, loss of life is not the end, do the earthly work for them and you will see them again. The Quileute tribe have members to be proud of.

  3. Martina says:

    Wow. This really proves that good, brave people do exist. They are rare, but they do.

    On a side note, “Levi Black”? Seriously? For a second, I thought it was a prank or something.

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