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Two Boys Rescued From Overflowing Creek In Forest City

Posted: Updated: July 4, 2013 11:30 AM EDT
Two children had to be rescued from a flowing creek when their afternoon of fun in Forest City turned dangerous. (Courtesy of  Daily Courier) Two children had to be rescued from a flowing creek when their afternoon of fun in Forest City turned dangerous. (Courtesy of Daily Courier)
Two boys, ages 11 and 14, had to be pulled from Brackett Creek off Greenfield Drive Tuesday afternoon. (Courtesy of Daily Courier) Two boys, ages 11 and 14, had to be pulled from Brackett Creek off Greenfield Drive Tuesday afternoon. (Courtesy of Daily Courier)
FOREST CITY, N.C. -

Heavy rain sent a surge of water through Brackett Creek which took swimmers by surprise.

Two children had to be rescued from a flowing creek when their afternoon of fun in Forest City turned dangerous.

Forest City firefighters responded to Brackett Creek Tuesday off Greenfield Drive Tuesday after two boys got stranded in the flooded creek.

"I felt my foot touch but then I couldn't stop," said 11-year-old Nick Gossett.

Gossett says he and others jumped into the creek because they were curious how deep it was, but they were unaware of how fast a storm can send water racing down rivers and streams.

After realizing he wasn't going to be able to paddle to safety, Gossett says he grabbed a fallen tree limb and held on.

"I thought I was going to lose him," said Gossett's dad Tim.

Tim attempted to save the boys, but he was also unable to stand in the swift current.

"I went under and then it started taking me down by him," said Tim Gossett.

When rescue crews got to the creek, firefighters found Gossett clinging to a branch.  The other victim was stranded on the opposite side of the creek.

Crews were able to use rope to pull the boys to safety.

It's a situation everyone agrees could have been a lot worse.

    

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