Rescue team saves Indianapolis woman from swift moving river
ST. PAUL,Ind. (June 20, 2015)–An Indianapolis woman rafting with friends had to be rescued from Flat Rock River Saturday afternoon.
Shortly after 4 p.m. the Decatur County Sheriff’s Department got a report of a woman clinging to a tree in the middle of the river near East Jefferson Street in St. Paul, Indiana.
St. Paul Fire personnel arrived on the scene and placed a call to the Shelby County Swift Water Rescue Team.
The rescue team was able to get a boat out to the woman and get her safely to the shore shortly before 5 p.m.
The woman was transported to Major Hospital in Shelbyville where she was treated for minor injuries and released.
Authorities say Linda Jones. 49, of Indianapolis was in an inflatable raft with three other people when she fell into the water.
Decatur County Sheriff Greg Allen says Jones was wearing a life jacket, which probably saved her life as she managed to grab hold of a tree.
Flat Rock River was flowing fairly swiftly, according to Sheriff Allen, due to the recent rain the previous day and night.
Sheriff Allen cautions against boating or rafting until waters return to their normal flow.