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Breeding FD swift water team helps in rescue on Green River

Six Breeding FD Technical Rescue Team members participate in rescue: Brandon Harvey, Chris Taylor, Kyle Cundiff, Joe Smith, Alex Burkett and Matt Baker

By Brandon Harvey
News from the Breeding Area Volunteer Fire Department

Breeding FD, Campbellsville-Taylor County Rescue and Green County Fire Rescue responded to a swift water rescue call near Tebbs Bend Bridge on Monday May 30, 2011 at 11:50amCT. Technical rescue personnel from 3 counties were dispatched to the Green River for a the rescue. The incident occurred approximately 1 mile North / West of the Tebbs Bend Bridge.

Two canoes capsized carrying a total of 5 individuals who were floating the river. Three individuals were able to swim to safety while 2 individuals were caught in a strainer. Technical Rescue Team members launched 2 - 3 member raft crews from the Tebbs Bend Bridge. Those crews were able to float down stream, successfully rescue the individuals who were able to free themselves from the strainer and had climbed into a tree. The raft crews were able take the individuals to safety.

A strainer is defined as anything that swiftwater can flow through, but that a swimmer, kayaker or boat cannot.

"The rescue lasted approximately 24 minutes" says: Chris Taylor, Captain of Breeding FD TRT. "That was from the time we pulled up on scene, launched our rafts, floated approximately 1 mile down stream, rescued the individuals and got them to safety. That is a very impressive time".

Chief Terry Harvey says "I am proud of our team and all who were involved in the rescue on Monday. We as a joint effort between Breeding FD and Campbellsville-Taylor County Rescue were able to function flawlessly and rescue these individuals in a timely manor. This is when our training pays off. Since the December 8th, 2009 incident we have had a total of 6 swift water rescue calls. We have been training every month either by hands-on training or by table top discussions / exercises regarding swift water. The Breeding FD TRT and Campbellsville Taylor County Rescue have joined forces in responding to swift water and technical rescue calls in Adair & Taylor Counties".

A total of 6 Breeding FD Technical Rescue Team Members responded. Those were: Brandon Harvey, Chris Taylor, Kyle Cundiff, Joe Smith, Alex Burkett and Matt Baker.

Other agencies that responded to the call was: Air Evac 43 (Campbellsville), Kentucky Fish & Wildlife and U.S. Army Corp of Engineers. -Brandon Harvey

This story was posted on 2011-05-31 17:29:22
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