(WHITE RIVER) – A 3-year-old girl and a 10-month-old baby were among those rescued Friday night from the East Fork White River near Rockford.
According to a Jackson County Sheriff’s Department report, the child was with her father and his girlfriend on the dam when she lost her balance and fell into the water at about 7 p.m.
19-year-old Tristin Collins of Greensburg, who was holding her baby, ran to the water’s edge and tried to help the girl but also fell in with the baby.
27-year-old Travis Charles of Seymour, the father of the 3-year-old, fell trying to help rescue the three. Collins held onto the children while they floated downstream about 100 yards.
Police say none were wearing life jackets. Police say the adults fell in after slipping on the mossy, muddy banks.
A man fishing in the area also jumped in to assist and was later rescued. He refused medical treatment.
Collins floated to a shallow area south of the dam and was able to stand and hold the children until help arrived.
Rescue crews from the Bartholomew County Sheriff’s Department brought a boat to the area and pulled the group from the water around 8:12 p.m.
All four were taken to Schneck Medical Center for a medical evaluation. No one was injured during the incident.