Murfreesboro Fire & Rescue Department, Murfreesboro Police Department, and Rutherford County Special Operations Rescue Team (SORT) responded to a water rescue incident at the Walter Hill Dam located at 556 Lebanon Pk just after 12:30 Saturday afternoon.
A woman who had been kayaking, found herself stuck in the middle of the East Fork of the Stones River, just 100 feet from the Walter Hill Dam after her unit capsized. She got swept in a current and caught in thigh-deep waters in a section of trees and limbs in the middle of the river.
MFRD’s Water Rescue team members from District 7 responded to the scene, along with crews from Ladders 6 and 9 and Rescue 9.
MFRD Firefighter and Water Rescue Team Member Jeremy Spivey and a member of SORT waded through the waters to reach the victim. According to MFRD Shift Commander Tim Swann, it was the cooperative efforts of the two agencies that allowed the woman to be safely walked back to shore.
She was transported to Saint Thomas Rutherford Hospital to be checked out, but did not appear injured.
Crews have cleared the scene.
Photo courtesy of Robert McAdams, MPD