The Herald Bulletin

April 19, 2013

Alexandria teen rescued from high waters

By Jack Molitor
The Herald Bulletin

ALEXANDRIA, Ind. — A teenager was rescued from high waters at Mud Creek Friday afternoon.

The teenage girl apparently fell into the water at about 5:30 p.m. while trying to take pictures on the bridge near the creek, said Alexandria Police Department spokesman Michael Williams. The girl’s teenage cousin was with her and tried to jump into the water to save her before rescue crews arrived but was unsuccessful.

Williams described the girls as aged 14 and 15.

Williams said the teen who jumped in the rescue attempt was able to get out of the water on her own. Once Alexandria police and firefighters arrived, it took about seven minutes to rescue the girl. They first tried throwing a rope out to the victim, and when that was unsuccessful, a firefighter waded into the water attached to a line and pulled the girl to safety, Williams said.

Williams added that there was a current in the water which was elevated by the heavy rains Thursday night and Friday morning. He said the girl was swept down current about 30 feet from her original position and was holding onto a tree to keep from drifting farther.

The recent cold temperatures also made the water a dangerous situation.

“They both seemed fine when they got out,” Williams said. “I’d say the original victim was in the water for about 15 minutes.”

The girls were both taken by ambulance to an Anderson hospital.

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