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Conservation Officers Rescue 17 On Blue River
Updated July 20, 2015 12:13 PM
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(FREDERICKSBURG) - Indiana Conservation Officers, along with other responders from both Harrison and Washington Counties, rescued 17 after capsizing on Blue River.

Rescue workers were called to the Blue River in Fredericksburg around noon on Saturday.

The initial caller reported a man was trapped in his canoe/kayak against debris in the water. While en route units were then advised there were multiple people in the water and along the shore from capsizing.

The person from the initial call was rescued by another canoeist.

The canoeists/kayakers had left for their trips from Old Mill Canoe Rental in Fredericksburg, about 2-3 miles upstream from where the incident occurred. A large tree dislodged by recent weather had almost completely blocked the River channel, and due to high water and swift current made negotiating around the debris extremely treacherous, causing the capsizings.

In total, at least 17 people were rescued from either the shore or the water, with ages ranging from 8 years-old to adult.

Rescue efforts were hampered by both the number of subjects, terrain, and water conditions. Both boats and ATV's were utilized to locate and transport those off the water.

Other responding agencies on scene included the Washington County Sheriff's Department, Posey Township Volunteer Fire Department, Palmyra Volunteer Fire Department, Ramsey Volunteer Fire Department, and Harrison County EMS.

Indiana Conservation Officers urge everyone to always check current water levels prior to starting out, be familiar with the waterway you are going on, and of course, always wear a lifejacket.

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