On June 24th at 7:30 p.m., the Mount Vernon Fire Department responded to the area of the West High Street Bridge on a call of people stranded in the middle of the river and unable to swim to the shore because of the strong current. MVFD responded with a Command vehicle, Medic and an Engine/Rescue. Mutual aid from Fredericktown Fire, Fredericktown EMS and a medic from College Twp was also received.
On scene, five people were found holding onto wooden debris that was collected around one of the bridge pilings in the river, two were found close to the shore and one was found approximately 100 yards downstream in the middle of the river holding onto a rock. Overall, there were 4 adults and 4 minors involved in the rescue. They stated that they started tubing behind Riverside Park and making it to the West High Street Bridge when they became stuck around the bridge piling.
Everyone was removed from the water safely and evaluated for injuries by the medics on scene. No injuries were reported and no one was transported to KCH.
Scene was cleared at 8:35 p.m.