Two boys, 12 and 13, rescued from Indy’s rain-swollen Fall Creek

Photo courtesy of IFD

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Two boys were rescued from the rain-swollen Fall Creek on the city’s northeast side Monday.

The Indianapolis Fire Department says witnesses called 911 at about 5:53 p.m. after spotting the 13-year-old and 12-year-old stranded in the high water at Keystone Ave.

IFD says the boys were rescued within about 25 minutes of the 911 call. Both were transported to Riley Hospital for Children in good condition to be checked out.

Due to recent rain, water levels are high and the current is swift. Firefighters are asking the public to stay off the rivers and other waterways until the water levels decrease and the current stabilizes to a slower pace.

In southwestern Indiana, DNR says a boat carrying two men from Owensboro, Kentucky was pulled into the Newburgh Lock and Dam on the Ohio River. They say one was rescued from the dam and the other is missing.

Crews also are searching Sugar Creek near Crawfordsville for a man spotted going underwater Sunday.

On Tuesday, the mother of the boys issued this statement:

“I am thankful to everyone involved in the rescue of my son, especially the first responders. I’m so very thankful that everyone came out as well as they did. Everything could have turned out so much worse. I would like for everyone to be aware of the dangers of these waters. Especially for young kids who just want to do a little exploring and ESPECIALLY after so much rain such as this situation. The creeks and rivers are not places to be playing. Rain changes everything. Including the banks. The creeks and rivers are not the same as they were in the days before a lot of rain.”