Water rescue on Shoal Creek

Joplin News First

Two Redings Mill Water Rescue boats were launched upstream from the victim who was holding onto a log

“Thank you to our response partners with the assistance in this rescue. Joplin Fire Department, Newton County Ambulance, Newton County Sheriffs Office and Newton County Rescue and Recovery.”

Redings Mill Fire Protection District

NEWTON COUNTY, Mo. (Shoal Creek) — About 7:30 PM Saturday evening Newton County disptach received a call regarding a water rescue along Shoal Creek, downstream from Schifferdecker, in Newton County. Redings Mill Water Rescue were alerted and responded to the scene.

It was reported that an adult male had capsized his canoe. The canoe traveled downstream while he held onto a tree/log in the middle of the water. Immediate contact reports stated that he was not in distress but he was in swift water and holding on.

Two inflatable boats, which are used for swift water rescue, came from upstream and then turned back into the current. Placing a life vest on the victim and then pulling him into the boat to safety.

It’s not known how long the victim was in the water however he was rescued about 8:15 PM.

We arrived to the scene on the opposite bank, about 7:50 PM, on private property, owned by longtime friends of Joplin News First. More information will be posted here on our Joplin News First tab at Four States Home Page.

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