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Father and son rescued from Little Miami River

(PHOTO: FOX19 NOW/Chris Lower) (PHOTO: FOX19 NOW/Chris Lower)
(PHOTO: FOX19 NOW/Chris Lower) (PHOTO: FOX19 NOW/Chris Lower)

Emergency crews have rescued a father and a son after they flipped their canoe in the Little Miami River.

The canoeists were rescued at the East Fork of the Little Miami River in Batavia Township.

It happened off of Elklick Road in Clermont County around 5 PM Tuesday evening.

"The guys were canoeing when the water was up real high and came in sideways to that tree down there, got stuck. The water was pouring over it and they were hanging onto a tree,” said Logan Houser, who lives close to where the rescue happened.

Crews spent more than an hour working feverishly to free the stranded canoeists who were clinging to a tree.

"We heard people down there. We didn't even see them. We just heard them say, 'help us.' They were bridged up on a tree with their canoe,” said Bryson Ray, who lives nearby.

Those living nearby said the river was so active on Tuesday, the only help they could give was a call to 911 that started the rescue mission.

"We tried but there's just nothing we could have done without harming ourselves,” Ray said.

With the water so strong, witnesses say rescue crews struggled before finally reaching the stranded canoeists.

"They came down with a raft and the water was too high. The current was too strong so they couldn't get the boat over there,” Houser told FOX19 NOW.

A dam nearby was opened Tuesday to let water flow in anticipation for the wet weather later this week. That may have contributed to the strength of the river.

"I was kind of worried a little bit, then they got to them. It's alright now,” Ray said.

Officials have not released the names of the individuals. Central Joint Fire-EMS District officials told FOX19 NOW the father and son were taken to Clermont Hospital with non-life threatening conditions.

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