Teens rescue injured boaters stuck in Broad Ripple Dam

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (May 17, 2015) – The Indianapolis Fire Department assisted three boaters after they tumbled over the Broad Ripple Dam and got stuck.

A 61-year-old man and a 61-year-old woman were visiting a 66-year-old family member. The group bought bait to go fishing, and they headed downstream.

The group went straight into the dam a few minutes later. There were life jackets on the boat, but no one was wearing them.

During the tumble, the 61-year-old man was thrown from the rear of the boat to the front, injuring his back. The woman was shaken but not injured. The 66-year-old man was uninjured.

Four young male bystanders saw the stuck boat and helped the group push the boat off the rocks.

Under its own power the boat made it to shore at the 64th and Westfield area where firefighters packaged the man in a stokes basket for transport. IMPD officers assisted firefighters with the tether at shore.

The Indianapolis Fire Department would like to remind everyone to use caution when swimming and boating this summer. If faced with a water emergency, activate the 911 system immediately.  Do not try to enter the water to save a pet but allow firefighters to arrive and mitigate the situation. Always carry a life vest for each person in your boat and wear them.

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