Two boys rescued from spillway in east Tulsa


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Reported by: Sharon Phillips
Updated: 6/05/2013 5:16 pm Published: 6/05/2013 11:39 am


Rushing water swept two Tulsa boys away in a creek in east Tulsa.

It happened around noon on Wednesday near E Skelly drive and E 21st street.

Tulsa firefighters told FOX23 the two boys rode their bikes along the spillway and the younger one fell into the water. They said his older brother jumped in to save him.

The water moving down the spillway was traveling about 18 miles an hour, and these two young boys were no match for the swift current.

“It doesn’t take much water to move things. If you have 6 inches of moving water it will move a car downstream,” said Jerry Benefield, a captain with the Tulsa Fire Department.

The TFD water rescue team was called in to bring the boys to safety. FOX23 was the only station there as these firefighters suited up and carefully made their way upstream.

“This is what you consider a flash flood where one minute everything is fine and then all of a sudden you have all of this water coming in,” said Benefield.

Once the firefighters reached the two boys they immediately put life jackets on them and prepared to bring them back over to dry land. Using a pole to steady themselves against the swift moving current – the group carefully inched its way over to the shore.

Paramedics with EMSA checked out the boys and made sure they were okay. Crews tell FOX23 the two boys were lucky they were able to grab onto a cement block for safety.

“If you take a look down stream and see all of the rocks, if you’re not ready for that it will chew you up,” said Benefield.

Firefighters were nearby doing swift water training when this happened and they want to remind everyone how quickly you can be swept away in rushing water. Never try to move or drive through it.

The boys were too shaken up to talk about what happened, but both are doing fine.



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Baloo Uriza - 6/5/2013 9:13 PM
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If we had streets that didn't make getting around so dangerous for inexperienced and young riders, pretty sure they wouldn't have been riding along a spillway.
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