Two River Rescues in Two Weeks

August 10th, 2013

Heavy rainfall in mid to late June meant high water levels in rivers and lakes and fast moving dangerous conditions. In the course of my work for the Times Argus I photographed two river rescues in two weeks.

 

The first rescue had an 18 year old woman stranded in a steep gorge with fast moving water. Rescuers were able to reach her and help her down stream to safety.

 

Photo by Adam Caira  Rescuers from Berlin Rescue work to reach 18 year old Katey Hough of Northfield who became stranded on a steep bank of the fast moving Dog River in Northfield just south Ellie's Farm Market on Wednesday, June 26, 2013.

Photo by Adam Caira
Rescuers from Berlin Rescue work to reach 18 year old Katey Hough of Northfield who became stranded on a steep bank of the fast moving Dog River in Northfield just south Ellie’s Farm Market on Wednesday, June 26, 2013.

Photo by Adam Caira  Rescuers from Berlin Rescue and Northfield Rescue work to save 18 year old Katey Hough of Northfield from the fast moving Dog River in Northfield just south Ellie's Farm Market on Wednesday, June 26, 2013. Hough was at the river with her husband Charles Hough III and her brother Will Dickenson when she was swept about 1000 feet down river from where they were swimming. Hough sustained abrasions during the ordeal and was transported to Central Vermont Medical Center.

Photo by Adam Caira
Rescuers from Berlin Rescue and Northfield Rescue work to save 18 year old Katey Hough of Northfield from the fast moving Dog River in Northfield just south Ellie’s Farm Market on Wednesday, June 26, 2013. Hough was at the river with her husband Charles Hough III and her brother Will Dickenson when she was swept about 1000 feet down river from where they were swimming. Hough sustained abrasions during the ordeal and was transported to Central Vermont Medical Center.

 

 

The second rescue was not as successful, here is a short excerpt from the Times Argus Article written By Eric Blaisdell:

BARRE — Police say a teenager died Tuesday afternoon in Barre after two swimmers went over the falls on the Stevens Branch.

The names and ages of the boys were not released, but police did say one died and the other “seemed fine” Tuesday evening.

Chief Michael Stevens of Barre Town said seven “kids” were at the top of the falls off Bridge Street. One of the swimmers successfully crossed the rushing water, but a second swimmer was caught by the current and pulled over the falls. Stevens said a third swimmer tried to help the boy who went over but was pulled over the falls as well. Both were taken from the scene by ambulance.

Stevens said the water in the river was high and fast at the time of the incident.

 

A follow-up article the from July 4 reads:

The teenager who drowned Tuesday at the falls on the Stevens Branch has been identified as Jesse Thomas Belcher, 16, of Barre.

A death notice from the Hooker and Whitcomb Funeral Home said Belcher died while trying to save a friend.

Photo by Adam Ciara The first of two victims walks to an ambulance on Parkside Terrace in Barre. Rescue crews removed two men from the Jail Branch just below Spaulding falls in Barre Vt. on Tuesday, July 2, 2013. Crews accessed the scene by cutting a path from Parkside Terrace near the Barre City Pool.

Photo by Adam Ciara
The first of two victims walks to an ambulance on Parkside Terrace in Barre. Rescue crews removed two teens from the Stevens Branch just below Spaulding falls in Barre Vt. on Tuesday, July 2, 2013. Crews accessed the scene by cutting a path from Parkside Terrace near the Barre City Pool.

Photo by Adam Ciara Rescuers prepare a gurney on Parkside Terrace in Barre in preparation for the second of two victims. Rescue crews removed two men from the Jail Branch just below Spaulding falls in Barre Vt. on Tuesday, July 2, 2013. Crews accessed the scene by cutting a path from Parkside Terrace near the Barre City Pool.

Photo by Adam Ciara
Rescuers prepare a gurney on Parkside Terrace in Barre in preparation for the second of two victims. Rescue crews removed two teens from the Stevens Branch just below Spaulding falls in Barre Vt. on Tuesday, July 2, 2013. Crews accessed the scene by cutting a path from Parkside Terrace near the Barre City Pool.

Photo by Adam Ciara Bystanders embrace on Parkside Terrace in Barre. Rescue crews removed two men from the Jail Branch just below Spaulding falls in Barre Vt. on Tuesday, July 2, 2013. Crews accessed the scene by cutting a path from Parkside Terrace near the Barre City Pool.

Photo by Adam Ciara
Bystanders embrace on Parkside Terrace in Barre. Rescue crews removed two men from the Stevens Branch just below Spaulding falls in Barre Vt. on Tuesday, July 2, 2013. Crews accessed the scene by cutting a path from Parkside Terrace near the Barre City Pool.

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