Philomath Fire & Rescue helped two preteens reach shore during a water rescue response to the Marys River on Sunday afternoon.
The fire department was dispatched at 5:13 p.m. on July 10 to a location just east of Marys River Park in Philomath. Two preteen juveniles were stranded on a rocky outcrop on the river approximately 100 yards downstream from Marys River Park, Fire & Rescue public information officer Rich Saalsaa said.
“We were able to reach them and get them back to shore,” Saalsaa said. “No injuries and they were reunited with their caregivers on the south portion of the Frolic & Rodeo grounds where we are able to bring them out. They got caught up in the swift current and became frightened and tired from trying to swim against the current.”
Fire & Rescue responded with an engine crew of three and a rescue crew of two plus Saalsaa as incident commander and Chancy Ferguson as chief officer. Corvallis Fire ambulance and the Philomath Police Department assisted at the scene. Medical transport was not needed.
“This is a good reminder that river currents are still cold and swift with the late-season rains and extra care should be taken when accessing the river,” Saalsaa advised. “All children should be accompanied by an adult and personal floatation devices are always recommended around swifter waters. Currents may not look fast on the surface but can become very quick through narrows.”