Family trapped by high waters rescued

QUEENSBURY, N.Y. – Emergency crews
responded to the banks of the Hudson near the Town of Moreau Friday, after two
adults and two children found themselves trapped and surrounded by high waters
after fishing.

“It is very dangerous down
there and there should be no fishing.  The current is very unsafe and
nobody should be down there,” said West Glens Falls Fire Chief Michael
Gordon.

Chief Gordon says the waters quickly
rose and surrounded the family, who couldn't get across the water to higher
ground, so rescue crews used some equipment to act as dams.

“That slowed the water down and
basically we got life jackets out to them and got them across by ropes,”
he said.

A number of departments, all with
different specialties, helped with the rescue effort.

“We have our swift water rescue
that comes in and they work with our agency to assist us with rescues like
this,” said Gordon.

Luckily the weather held out while
they were trying to get to the trapped family, but Gordon says this time of
year, the river is always a concern.

“With the high water levels, we
are always thinking that we could be in this situation.”

In total, more than six departments
responded to the rescue.

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