TIPPECANOE COUNTY, IND. — Rescue divers respond to reports of five people in the swollen Wabash River in Lafayette, Ind. Sunday night.
Dispatchers received a 911 call around 8:20 p.m. from a person on the John T. Myers pedestrian bridge who witnessed a canoe carrying two people overturn.
A second canoe carrying three people was launched in an attempt to rescue the first canoe.
Conservation Officers and members of the Tippecanoe County Dive Team launched a rescue boat from a location downstream to search for the occupants of the canoes.
Lafayette firefighters located the occupants of the first canoe under a bridge and helped them from the water.
The three occupants of the second canoe paddled to Shamrock Park in Lafayette. They were unable to assist the pair in distress due to the swift current.
Officers interviewed the five people involved and determined the two men traveling in the first canoe began their trip near Springboro, on the Tippecanoe River.
Their canoe struck an underwater obstruction near a bridge and overturned.
Conservation Officers said all five were wearing life jackets. They were checked out by Tippecanoe County EMS but refused treatment.