NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. (FOX 11/CNS) - The family of a 10-year-old girl who suffered some burns during a YMCA-organized father-daughter campout in Newport Beach has released a statement thanking authorities, including the fire department and Orange County's Global Medical Burn Center, for their efforts.
The statement read: ''We would like to thank everyone, OCFA, FF Mike Heddleston, the Newport Beach FD, Orange County's Global Medical Burn Center, the Media, Bret Morris who helped pull Charlotte off of the fire pit and all of the out pouring of concern, well wishes, cards, posters, banners and most importantly, prayers from our friends, church, and wonderful community. We are so grateful. Charlotte is on the road to recovery and is in great spirits!''
Charlotte Chapin accidentally fell into the steel pit about 9:50 a.m. Saturday, during a YMCA-organized father-daughter campout at the Dunes near Back Bay Drive off the Newport Beach coast, Orange County Fire Authority Capt. Steve Concialdi said.
Chaplin suffered first-, second- and a few third-degree burns, with damage to her ribs, hip, wrist and hair, Concialdi said.
She was immediately pulled out by one of the fathers at the campout, and off-duty Orange County firefighter Mike Heddleston, another of the parents at the Dunes, was able to pour cold water on the burns and wrap Chapin in a towel, according to the OCFA.
Newport Beach firefighters and paramedics responded to the scene and took the girl to Orange County Global Medical Center's burn unit, where she was kept overnight for treatment and observation, Concialdi said.