Jun 11, 2021
Rescuers Fight Current To Reach Group Before Their Boat Goes Over The Edge Of A Texas Dam
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Callers to 911 reported the dangerous situation at Austin’s Longhorn Dam on the afternoon of June 10.READ MORE: IRS Now Sending Millions Of Additional Stimulus Checks
The four friends were in an electric rental boat when they got swept up in the current and carried to the edge of a dam — with a 36 foot drop just inches away.The spillway at Lady Bird Lake was open because of the deluge caused be recent rainfall.
The women were able to call the owner of the boat for help, but as he tried to rescue the group his boat got caught in the powerful current too. The owner was able able to attach a line to the women’s boat and hold them in place, but couldn’t pull them backward.
FINAL UPDATE water rescue 1-79 N PLEASANT VALLEY RD: Here is a look at the scene of the earlier rescue from #ATCEMS District Command 6. pic.twitter.com/qJ9RL1Q9V0
— ATCEMS (@ATCEMS) June 10, 2021READ MORE: Man And Woman Shot While Towing Car On Loop 12, Search For Suspect Continues
Dozens of Austin Fire and rescue crews raced to the dam as the current inched the boat further off the edge. Commander Joshua Todd, with Austin-Travis County EMS, explained, “Our main concern was, because it was resting so precariously on a very narrow piece of concrete, [that] any shift in the weight balance, or the flow of the water would essentially carry it over.”
A helicopter lowered life vests to the women.
Rescuers ultimately arrived in a bigger boat and were able to tie a tow line to the rental company boat that was holding the group. The two engines combined strength was enough to go against the current and pull the boat and the women to safety.MORE NEWS: Car Hits Motorcycle On I-30 In Grand Prairie, Causing Crash That Left 1 Injured
Officials said there is only solid concrete beneath the dam, so a fall would have been catastrophic. As it stands, all of the women walked away uninjured.
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Officers, Good Samaritans Rescue Drowning Man On Long Island
Police officers and two good Samaritans on Long Island rescued a man who nearly drowned.
Alan Goldberg, age 70, of Coram, was attempting to anchor a boat on Whitehall Beach when he lost his footing and became unresponsive in the water at approximately 2:30 p.m. Sunday, June 20 in Port Jefferson, Suffolk County Police said.
The good Samaritans on the beach, Frances George, age 30, and Karl George, age 65, performed CPR until Marine Bureau officers Cory Kim and Shane Parker arrived on the scene and transferred Goldberg onto Marine Delta.
The officers, with the assistance of Frances George and Karl George, continued CPR while transporting Goldberg to the Port Jefferson Boat Ramp.
He was transferred to a waiting ambulance and taken to St. Charles Hospital in Port Jefferson with serious injuries.
Frances George and Karl George were not injured.