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CFR: Multiple swift water rescues on Coburg Road

By Chris Taylor, Chief
Campbellsville Fire-Rescue

Campbellsville Fire-Rescue responded to Coburg Road (Taylor, Adair and Green Area) on Saturday, January 1, 2022, to a call received at 5:07amET. CFR was on scene at 5:22ET, and left the scene at 9:39ET.

Campbellsville Fire-Rescue was dispatched to a report of a vehicle that was stuck in flood water somewhere on Coburg Road possibly in Taylor County. While en route to the scene the exact location could not be established. Green County Rescue was requested to respond to Green County side of Coburg Road to attempt to locate. When arriving in the area the rescue crews encountered heavily flooded roadways and had to deploy resources via Squad 4 (High Water Vehicle) and on foot. One crew deployed on foot near the Woodland Trail area of Green County heading back to Taylor County.

About 1 mile from the staging area the first rescue crew encountered a red passenger car with a female occupant trapped in the vehicle with rising flood waters. Rescuers deployed a self bailing raft and rescued the individual. This is when it was discovered that this was not the original caller and Green County Rescue units discovered another vehicle with 3 occupants on the roof and one female that was holding on to a tree in flood waters.

Green County Rescue requested assistance in rescuing the female patient holding on to a tree. Rescue crews deployed a self-bailing raft and were unable to access the victim due to fast water conditions. Rescue crews then deployed a motorized rescue boat and rescued the female patient and transferred patient care to Green County EMS. The patient was consious but moderately hypothermic.

*After the rescue, the self-bailing raft rescue crew was transitioning back to river right, the crew encountered a strainer in the fast moving water and two rescue technicians were knocked out of the boat. The third rescuer was able to assist one technican back in the boat and the other rescue floated downstream and eddied out of top of a strainer. The self bailing raft was secured near a tree and only had one paddle and to wait for assistance in getting back to river right. The other rescuer was removed via motorized rescue boat. No rescuer injuries were reported.

*CTCECC Dispatchers remained on the line with the initial callers for nearly three hours gathering information about their location/situation till rescuers reached the victims.

13 Rescue Technicians were on scene

CFD Apparatus on scene
Rescue 1, Squad 4, Squad 3, TSAR1 and Chief

Mutual Aid
  • Green Rescue
  • Georgetown Fire Department
Assisting Agencies:
  • Campbellsville Taylor County Emergency Communications Center
  • Campbellsville Taylor County Emergency Medical Services
  • Taylor County Sheriff Office

This story was posted on 2022-01-02 09:10:17
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Dangerous vortex where Big Clifty meets Russell Creek

2022-01-03 - Adair County, KY - Photo by Donna Rieder.
Photographer Donna Rieder writes, "This high water scene from the January 1, 2022 storm looks at the vortex at the intersection where Big Clifty Creek feeds into the mighty Russell Creek at the Sam Coffey Hole. The water in the center of the whirlpool is 14-20" lower than the water moving past it. This is another reason people should avoid waterways during flooding; should a person get sucked into that vortex there would be no way to escape."

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