Columbia Fire Department makes early morning water rescue

Early morning water rescue

COLUMBIA (WACH) Columbia Fire Chief Aubrey D. Jenkins announced this morning members of the CFD conducted a successful water rescue off of the Congaree River under the Jarvis Klapman Bridge.

At approximately 6:40am this morning CFD was dispatched for a water rescue that involved a motorized john boat that capsized with two male victims who were stranded on the rocks. One victim was equipped with a personal flotation device but the other was not. CFD crews on the shore lowered a PFD to the victim who was able to secure it to himself.

Members of CFD's swift water rescue launched water rescue apparatus and successfully delivered both victims to shore. No injuries were reported.

At this time CFD is assisting SC Department of Natural Resources in recovering the capsized boat from the river.

Chief Jenkins encourages everyone to be safe when boating on the water by following these safety tips:

  • Learn to swim

  • Wear a PFD-always wear a personal flotation device (PFD) when you are on the water.

  • Never boat alone

  • Boating skills-be sure your boating skills and experience are equal to the river and conditions

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