Good guys in Pearl Jam donate $70,000 to man who rescued Eddie Vedder from boating accident


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Strong winds overturned his six-person   sailing canoe in the Pailolo Channel, snapping the mast in the process. She and her father   were able to find   Vedder and his companions, pull them aboard, chase   after the runaway canoe, and rescue the whole lot of them. A rusty anchor nearly cut off his   leg at the calf, and though it didn’t remove the limb entirely, it left him with a nasty bone infection that so far has not been cured. (Read:   Ranking: Every Pearl Jam Album from Worst to   Best)
Fast forward to today, and Keith was in a boating accident of his own. “Yes, it’s all true,” Baxter’s wife, Karen, told The Inertia   via email. Luckily,   Ashley Baxter and her father   Keith were boating nearby. Chamberlain also reached out to Vedder, and the members of Pearl Jam   matched the fundraising with their own $70,000 donation, bringing the grand total to $140,000. “Pearl Jam (Eddie, Stone, Jeff, Mike, and Matt) matched what was originally raised ($70K) through Gofundme.com.”
Vedder   was actually inspired by that harrowing Hawaiian ordeal to write the   Lightning Bolt track “Future Days”, but there’s no greater tribute to his rescuers than what he was able to provide   them in their own time of need. The GoFundMe page for Keith’s medical expenses (he may still lose his leg) is still live, and you can contribute   here. Earlier this week we learned that   Eddie Vedder   sent a $10,000 check to a   struggling mother so she could buy Christmas presents for her family of six. By chance, Ashley bumped into one of the women she rescued that fateful day over a decade ago,   Kacky Ovrom Chamberlain, and recounted her   father’s troubles. The tale actually starts 15 years ago, when Vedder was in a boating accident in Hawaii. Chamberlain helped set up a   GoFundMe page that raised $70,000 for Baxter’s medical treatments. Watch a video of Ashley Baxter telling   the whole incredible, circular story below. Vedder and two women were left treading water with all the paddles, their friends unable to return to them and their situation dire. Though the vessel was eventually righted, only three of the crew   managed   to get back on board   before winds shot the boat down the channel. Now, a story of another act of charity by the Hall of Famers   has come to light, and it’s even more amazing than the last. Maybe it’s the weather, but Seattle seems to breed some exceptionally charitable people, none more so than the gents of Pearl Jam. But it didn’t stop there. Two hours after the capsizing, the teenage girl heard the three stranded people’s cries.

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