Gardiner Business Owner Drowns While Rescuing His Son
The owner of Flying Pig Adventure Company in Gardiner died in California while saving his 13-year-old son.
A banner that read 'We Love You' hung outside of the Flying Pig Adventures Camp store on Monday just one day after 44-year-old Steve Bierle drowned while rescuing his son from the ocean, who had fallen in after slipping on a rock. According to the Humboldt County Coroner in California, Bierle successfully pushed his son to safety, but was unable to get himself out before a 'large wave came in and forced him under water and out of sight'.
Flying Pig Adventures manager, Nadia Grabiner told us tearfully, it did not surprise her when she found out about Bierle's bravery. Community members echoed that statement and said he was a great outdoors man and an even better father and husband.
Flying Pig Adventures is currently shutdown for the season, but the team there is now ready more than ever for the upcoming season. Grabiner said Steve's motto was 'book it', so that is what they are going to do.
Bierle is survived by his wife sandy and his three boys.