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New Equipment Helps Rescue Children Stranded On Tyger River

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Three children were rescued Thursday evening after being stranded on the Tyger River. Three children were rescued Thursday evening after being stranded on the Tyger River.
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Three children were rescued Thursday evening after being stranded on the Tyger River.

Chief Wade Godfrey of the Woodruff Fire Department said that the children were swimming in the river when the strong water currents swept them down the river and toward some rocks. The children managed to make it to a rock, where they became stranded.

"They did the right thing," Godfrey said. "They managed to make it to the rock and did not try and swim back across."

A Technical Rescue Team was deployed to the rescue scene at Shaw Road and Walnut Grove Road at 6:30 p.m. after family members of the children called 911. When they arrived, members of the team went into the water and retrieved the children from the rock and reunited them with their families.

Ironically, the rescue came just three hours after Godfrey picked up equipment for the technical rescue team, which was bought from a grant that the fire department received.

"We would have to wait on equipment to get to us in past rescues, so we managed to secure a grant with several other fire departments in our area," Godfrey said. "That helped us purchase the necessary items and I went and picked it up about three hours before the rescue."

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