BARNEVELD, NY - On Friday the Barneveld fire department received a call for a water rescue. Everybody was ok, but those tense, uncertain moments might have been avoidable.
The call came in around 5:30 for two juveniles stranded on some rocks in the West Canada Creek near the lower Trenton Falls Dam. The two had been fishing when the water suddenly started to rise.
Unable to reach the victims, the Barneveld fire department asked for assistance from the Oriskany fire department’s swift water rescue team which was able to bring the two teens to safety.
Barneveld Fire Chief Kevin Kalk says it's very important to know your surroundings and to pay close attention to any signs of danger.
“If you're doing any kind of recreational activities like fishing, tubing, or just hanging out by a hydro dam, they will do controlled releases of water. When they do that, there is a siren and a strobe light that activates to notify people in the area. When that happens, you should leave the area quickly. That happened Friday night. There was a controlled release. Due to them not being from the area they didn’t understand what that meant and they continued to fish, and then they became trapped by the water”.
The Barneveld fire chief says that was their first water rescue in 20 years.