BARTHOLOMEW COUNTY, Ind. (September 6, 2015) – The Bartholomew County Water Rescue and Recovery team helped save eight canoeists on the Driftwood River Saturday.
They were dispatched to Blues Canoe Livery around 9:25 p.m. in reference to four missing canoeist from Indianapolis.
BCWRR deployed an airboat at Heflin Park immediately south of the canoe livery. The boat crew made contact, around 10:00 pm, with two adult females and two adult males stranded on the river due to water depth and darkness.
They reported they had assisted four canoeists earlier on the river north of their current location as one of the two canoes had capsized.
They last saw the four canoeists as they were climbing the west bank of the river that borders Camp Atterbury.
BCWRR located the two abandoned canoes south of the Hendricks Ford Bridge.
Reserve Deputy Andy Riddle was dispatched to the main gate of Camp Atterbury to advise their personnel of the possibility that the four individuals where somewhere on Camp property.
BCWRR requested assistance from Special Deputy James Ogilvie, who owns a helicopter, to assist searching by air.
Around 11:30 pm, Reserve Deputy Riddle located the four missing canoeists walking inside Camp Atterbury.
Reserve Deputy Riddle transported the four to the nearest gate where the four were picked up and transported to US31 and CR 650N to be medically checked out by Columbus Regional Hospital ambulance service.
Other than a few scratches and several bug bites, all four were fine.