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NEWS RELEASE 1/29/13: Portland Fire & Rescue Conducts Swift-Water Rescue at Johnson Creek

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At 5:39 pm Portland Fire & Rescue responded to a report of two people stranded on an island in Johnson Creek. The crew from Station 29 (Powellhurst) arrived six minutes later at SE 112th and Brookside Drive and requested a swift-water rescue response. It was discovered that one adult male and one adult female had not been aware of the rising water and had no way off the island.

Swift-Water Rescue Teams from Portland's Station 1 (Old Town) and Gresham Fire & Emergency Services (Station 75) arrived at 6:07 pm and formulated a rescue plan. A raft was used in conjunction with a rope system and rescue divers to reach the two victims. At 6:34 pm they were brought safely to shore.

Both victims were evaluated at the scene and were not transported to the hospital. They were also offered housing for the evening but refused.

For more information on Portland's Swift-Water and Dive Rescue Team please visit http://www.portlandoregon.gov/fire/article/56351

Updates will be given as they become available.

Contact info, for media use only:
Public Information Officer Rich Chatman, Media Pager (503) 940-6003.

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