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2 Women Saved in Mad River Water Rescue
FAIRBORN -- A family outing near a river turns into a life saving water rescue in Fairborn. It happened on Mad River just off State Route 4 and Upper Valley Pike around 2:00 p.m. Saturday afternoon.
Rescue crews responded here to what started off as a family gathering. One of the teenagers was playing by the river banks and went in for a swim when rescue crews say the current took her under water and dragged her about 20 feet. An adult jumped in to bring her to shore, but was only able to set her up by a tree branch.
Both women ended up stuck on a tree branch when another family member called 9-1-1. The rescue crews came on scene but even the rescue itself was a difficult task with the fast moving current.
"There were some touch and go moments throughout the operation," said Adam Howard, Battalion Chief- Fairborn EMS. "We heard a tree branch someone was sitting on started to snap loose. We also heard one of the victims was a non swimmer so it definitely had us on our toes and we also had the dam downstream."
Battalion Chief Howard tells us they are here once or twice a year for the water rescues and remind swimmers the current is always moving faster than you think.
-They recommend that folks stay away from the river bank. and if you do get close, it's a good idea to throw a life vest on.
-If you somehow are pulled into the water the key is to stay away from obstacles because you'll get pulled under real quick.
-Also keep your foot up from the bottom of the river and try not to get caught underneath any thing because that's what will cause a drowning.
The two women here today got some minor bumps and bruises, but are expected to be okay.
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