Wednesday afternoon around 3:30 PM, five juveniles were reported missing while wading in a rain swollen Indian River Creek near Greenville, In. Some reports indicated the juveniles entered the creek around noon near 8536 Old Vincennes Road. The only indication they may have been in trouble was their bicycles and cell phones were left by the creek and the victims were nowhere to be found.
Georgetown Fire Protection District and Lafayette Township Fire Protection District responded units to the emergency call. Chief Jeremy Klein, of the Lafayette Township Fire Protection District, deployed GTFPD Quad 22 to the bridge crossing at Hamby Rd and John Pectol Rd. Then sent LTFPD Rescue 1 to the location where they were last seen to search the rest of the creek. GTFPD Quad 22 found the five victims, almost a mile and a half from where they entered the water, near the Hamby Rd and John Pectol bridge. Quad 22’s crew safely rescued the five victims from the creek. The victims said while they were wading in the creek the water began to rapidly rise and swept them downstream. None of the victims suffered any injuries and were returned to their parents.
We would like to remind everyone that you should NOT enter rain swollen, fast moving waters. Flash flooding can occur without warning and you could easily be swept away and drown.