Incredible Rescue Leads to Heart-warming Gesture More Than a Decade Later

June 1, 2016, 9:38 AM HST · Updated June 2, 6:38 AM
Meteorologist Malika Dudley · 0 Comments

More than a decade ago, Ashley and Keith Baxter came across three people drifting in the middle of the ocean – one of them was lead singer of Pearl Jam, Eddie Vedder.


The Baxter’s saved their lives that day and the good deed did not go unnoticed. More than a decade later, the three that survived to tell the tale are now returning the favor.

Check out the video above for the full story of what happened that fateful day years ago and how life has come full circle for the Baxter ohana with their present-day struggle.

If you would like to donate, here is a link to their Go Fund Me page.

Meteorologist Malika Dudley
Malika was born and raised in Hilo. She began her career in news at KGMB9 in 2007. As a part of the Hawaii News Now weather team, Malika was nominated for two Emmy Awards for excellence in weather reporting and won the prestigious Edward R. Murrow Journalism Award for her reporting on Hawaii’s tsunami damage in 2011. In 2019, Malika was recognized by the Society of Professional Journalists Hawaii Chapter in the category of Science Reporting for her Big Island Now news report on what was happening beneath the sea surface at the ocean entry of the Puna lava flow.  

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