Friday, May 15, 2009 Cumberland, Rhode Island

Pratt Dam Water Rescue In Cumberland

On Friday afternoon Cumberland firefighters were dispatched to the Blackstone River behind the stop & shop supermarket at 70 Mendon Road for a report of two canoeist in the water. Members from Engine 22 happened to be at the supermarket and quickly arrived at the Pratt Dam with two people in the river. Mutual aid from Lincoln responded along with the activation of the Blackstone Valley Dive Team which brought in additional crews out of Woonsocket as members went to work on extricating the first patient who was closer to shore. Firefighters then went to work on extricating the second patient who was pinned up against the dam due to water currents, members used ropes and an inflatable raft to approach and remove the patient who was then evaluated by rescue, the entire incident lasted about an hour. Today's rescue is in the same location of a similar incident which claimed the life of a 17 year old boy who was canoeing thru the "tubes" near the dam with his father, the vessel overturned and became hung up on trees and other debris in the water trapping the boy under water his father was safely removed that incident occurred on Sunday, November 9, 2008.

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