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Townsend residents help with water rescues

3:21 AM, Jul 8, 2013   |    comments
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(WBIR - Townsend) Several people living in Townsend said they often have to help out-of-towners who tube down the Little River.

On Saturday, crews rescued nearly a dozen people from the rushing waters. All were tubing down the river when they got caught in the current.

"If you get caught in the current, you might flip over or you might get caught in the current and go all the way down and miss something," said 11-year-old Cody Bennett. He and his brother Casey, 10, helped with another rescue earlier in the week. Two people tipped over their kayak on the river near the boys' vacation home.

"There was a woman and a man in it, and the woman went under and came back up," Cody recalled.

Even Sunday, a day after the closure, residents of the Dark Island community in Townsend saw people on the water.

"When they come up here on vacation, they don't know the river. It gets up, it gets very dangerous," said J.R. Mason.

He says those dangers could be avoided if out-of-towners remember, the Little River is not a controlled setting and anything can happen.

"Never get on it. If it looks dangerous to you, stay off of it," Mason added.

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