High water victim clung to tree for an hour in rapid current, safely rescued
POSTED: Friday, January 11, 2013 - 6:15pm
UPDATED: Friday, January 11, 2013 - 6:19pm
BATON ROUGE, LA (NBC33) — Baton Rouge Firefighters rescued two people from a rapid current along the Amite River.
Officials say the incident happened at roughly 4:00 p.m. We’re told the residents of Horseshoe Bend Road became isolated when the waters began to rise around them. When they attempted to walk out, the swift current swept one of them away.
The man was wearing a life west at the time and was able to grab on to a tree, preventing him from traveling further down the river. It was roughly an hour before a rescue team could reach the man by boat.
The man was uninjured and declined EMS transport. He said he was cold, but otherwise okay.