CFD Retrieves Child From Sugar River
Rescue Quickly Carried Out
On July 24, at 7:44 p.m., the Claremont Fire Department was dispatched to the Sugar River in the area downstream from the Charles Puksta Bridge located on Broad Street. Initial response included Rescue One and Ladder Two and Car One. On arrival at 7:45 p.m., the on-scene company officer reported having visual contact with approximately a 12-year-old female child. Crew members donned swift water rescue floatation vests with tag lines. One member entered the water. The child was located at approximately mid-way between the shoreline of the river. Crews were able to access and retrieve the child in an area where the water was shallow, making a safer outcome for both the child and rescuers. Once onshore, the child was carried up a steep embankment to the awaiting ambulance. The incident was deemed under control a 7:51 p.m. The fire department was assisted by the Claremont Police Department and Golden Cross Ambulance.
At press time it was unknown how long the child was in the water or if she had traveled any distance with the current.
“The Claremont Fire Department would like to remind those enjoying the summer season that water with current is dangerous even at what appears to be slow moving,” said Claremont Fire Chief Bryan Burr. “One should not enter water with current unless you have proper training, proper personal floatation device and experience doing so. A person can easily become hypothermic when exposed to water having current.”