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News Release
AFD and LCSO Rescue floaters from Santiam River
AFD and LCSO Rescue floaters from Santiam River
Rescue on Santiam River - 06/18/21

Albany Fire Department made its second rescue of the season on the Santiam River today near Jefferson.  Two women entered the river at Green Bridge on inflatable tubes, but did not take note of the current warning signs for hazardous trees and snags.  Both women became stuck on a large tree.  One of the victims was then pinned under the log but was able to hold on.  The woman was luckily able to access a life vest she had brought along, but was not wearing.  The second victim was able to make her way to the top of the log.  The Albany Fire Drone flew a life vest over the river and delivered  it to the second victim while she waited for first responders.    

Due to the size and amount of river debris,  Jefferson Fire District’s rescue boat could not get to the victims.  AFD and Linn County Sheriff’s Rescue Water Crafts, which are smaller and more easily maneuverable, were able to access the women and get them to shore.  Jefferson Fire District medics evaluated the victims for injuries.  No one was transferred to hospital.  This rescue was successful because of our ongoing law enforcement and fire service partnerships.

We want to remind everyone to: 1) Know your route before you go 2) Wear a life vest and 3) Tell someone your plans for the day.

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