Boy, 9, Saves Dad After Remote Snowmobile Crash

Marin County youth rides for miles to get help for injured father

By John Johnson,  Newser Staff

Posted Apr 10, 2014 3:24 PM CDT

(Newser) – A fourth-grader is being hailed as a hero for keeping his cool and saving his dad's life after a snowmobile accident, reports KTVU-TV. Bode Beirdneau, 9, and his father were snowmobiling in South Lake Tahoe when dad John Taylor lost control of his machine and ended up pinned beneath it with a broken leg. Bode couldn't dig him out and had no choice but to hop back on his snowmobile in the remote locale and try to find help.

"I freaked out because I didn't know where to go," he tells the Marin Independent Journal. But he soon calmed down, riding for about 20 minutes until he came across a tourist group whose leader radioed for help. Then the tricky part: Bode led them back to his dad without a GPS device. "He showed a lot of maturity for his age," says a California Highway Patrol officer. "It's the calm and composure he had during the whole thing."

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