news link "Why would you take a 64-year-old lady that's got a little bump on the head and a strained ankle and strap her into a situation where if there was an accident, she couldn't get out?" asked her friend, Tracy Snide Edgar Emerson of Bellows Falls, Vt., said he and Yates were on their way to visit friends when she slipped getting out of his pontoon boat at a dock on the Vermont side of the river. She had cuts and bruises on her head and arms, and might have broken her ankle, so he made sure she was seated on the shore before he boated to Hoyt's Landing in Springfield, Vt., to find a cell phone and call friends. Others persuaded him to call 911, he said. "She didn't want to go in the ambulance, she didn't want to be rescued," Emerson told the Rutland Herald. Shirley Latterell, who was fishing at the landing, said she persuaded Emerson to let her call 911 because she thought his friend might go into shock. She said the Cornish rescue boat went downriver to get Yates, but on the way back to Hoyt's Landing it tipped over and sank. "I dialed 911, and everything went haywire after that," Latterell said.