Pharos-Tribune

Local News

June 1, 2013

Two men rescued from Eel River

LOGANSPORT — A dip in the Eel River almost turned deadly for two Logansport brothers Saturday after the current dragged them to the edge of a dam, where they held on until rescue workers arrived.

Members of the Logansport Fire Department and Logansport Police Department were dispatched to Riverside Park at around 2:45 p.m. Saturday to rescue Dave Hellyer, 20, and his brother, Charles Hellyer, 15, both of Logansport, who were swimming in the Eel River before getting caught up in the undertow. Unable to swim against it, they planted themselves just before the edge of a dam that crosses the river near the park’s pumping station.

Upon their arrival, Logansport firefighters took to a rescue boat and with the aid of a lifesaver, pulled each swimmer to shore.

“The current is a lot stronger than what it looks,” said Assistant Fire Chief Rick Bair, who was at the scene. “The undertow got them about 2 feet from the dam. We always stress to people the water is moving, even if it doesn’t look like it’s moving. You can’t see the undertow.”

Bair went on to say the Hellyers were very fortunate they didn’t get dragged over the dam.

“If they got sucked in, they’re not coming back out, not until the bridge.”

Dave and Charles Hellyer were examined by paramedics in an ambulance at the scene before being released.

“We were just trying to cool off,” Dave said. “The current took us.”

“The wet ground slipped out from under our feet and we got stuck,” said Charles, adding they started shouting at a truck driving by the pumping station when they realized they couldn’t swim back to shore.

The driver of the truck was Randy Myers, of Kokomo, who called 911 after seeing Dave and Charles out in the middle of the river.

Myers said he was at the park checking out the boat ramps in preparation for a kayak trip when he noticed the Hellyers. He said he at first didn’t realize anyone was in any danger.

“I just saw them out there so I asked them, ‘How deep is that water?’” Myers said, to which he recalled Dave and Charles responded by shouting for him to call 911.

“It’s crazy,” Myers said. “I never would have even been out here if it wasn’t for this kayaking trip. God works in mysterious ways.”

According to the National Weather Service, the Eel River rose from 4 feet to 7.5 feet between Friday and Saturday after remaining at close to 4 feet for the last 10 days.

Mitchell Kirk is a staff reporter at the Pharos-Tribune. He can be reached at 574-732-5130 or mitchell.kirk@pharostribune.com.

1
Text Only | Photo Reprints
Local News
  • Police blotter: April 19, 2014 Have a tip? Anyone with information on a crime is encouraged to call Crime Stoppers at 800-222-TIPS. Information leading to an arrest or conviction could lead to a reward of up to $1,000.

    April 19, 2014

  • UPDATED: Logansport HS teacher arrested on child seduction charge

    A Logansport High School teacher was arrested Thursday on a charge of child seduction.

    April 18, 2014

  • Police blotter: April 18, 2014 Have a tip? Anyone with information on a crime is encouraged to call Crime Stoppers at 800-222-TIPS. Information leading to an arrest or conviction could lead to a reward of up to $1,000.

    April 18, 2014

  • NWS-PT041814 LC50 cords.jpg 50 years later WALTON -- Dean "D.A." Zehring graduated from the current Lewis Cass High School, but he never attended classes there. It's one of the unique characteristics of the graduating class of 1968, the first class to complete all four years of high school un

    April 18, 2014 3 Photos

  • Caston considers Logan bus stop FULTON -- Caston Schools administrators are considering establishing a bus stop a few miles outside its boundaries on the north side of Logansport. The school board recently discussed the feasibility of adding a bus stop for students transferring fro

    April 18, 2014

  • mushroom Parks let mushroom hunters forage off-trail INDIANAPOLIS - Rain that pounded Brown County State Park in early April dampened the number of hikers and mountain bikers in Indiana's largest state park, but foragers of the property's 15,000 acres of forest welcomed the weather. With the arrival o

    April 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • Police blotter: April 17, 2014 Have a tip? Anyone with information on a crime is encouraged to call Crime Stoppers at 800-222-TIPS. Information leading to an arrest or conviction could lead to a reward of up to $1,000.

    April 17, 2014

  • NWS-PT041714 G.jpg Sign of support: Class meant to connect hearing-impaired family members Jordanna Dishner-Rush gestured forcefully to a coat rack hanging in the back of the meeting room at the Logansport Library. She was trying to use just hand motions — no speech — to get the other women to guess the secret word she'd been given. Dishne

    April 17, 2014 12 Photos

  • Logansport graduation rate rises again Logansport High School's graduation rate jumped almost 2 percentage points to 92.9 percent in 2013, data released Wednesday show. The Indiana Department of Education released graduation data for the 2012-2013 school year Wednesday. The data show that

    April 17, 2014

  • NWS-PT041714 Mustangs.jpg Local dealer celebrates the Mustang Fifty years ago today, the Ford Mustang was introduced to the public at the New York World's Fair. Now, six of them will be on display for the next few weeks at Rick's Auto Sales in Logansport celebrating what the business owner says is a half centur

    April 17, 2014 1 Photo

Featured Ads
More pharostribune.com
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
AP Video
Captain of Sunken SKorean Ferry Arrested Raw: Fire Destroys 3 N.J. Beachfront Homes Raw: Pope Presides Over Good Friday Mass Raw: Space X Launches to Space Station Superheroes Descend on Capitol Mall Man Charged in Kansas City Highway Shootings Obama Awards Navy Football Trophy Anti-semitic Leaflets Posted in Eastern Ukraine Raw: Magnitude-7.2 Earthquake Shakes Mexico City Ceremony at MIT Remembers One of Boston's Finest Raw: Students Hurt in Colo. School Bus Crash Raw: Church Tries for Record With Chalk Jesus Raw: Faithful Celebrate Good Friday Worldwide Deadly Avalanche Sweeps Slopes of Mount Everest Police Arrest Suspect in Highway Shootings Drought Concerns May Hurt Lake Tourism Vermont Goat Meat Gives Refugees Taste of Home Calif. Investigators Re-construct Fatal Bus Cras Mayor Rob Ford Launches Re-election Campaign Appellate Court Hears Okla. Gay Marriage Case
Parade
Magazine

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.
Poll

Should mushroom hunters be allowed to forage off-trail in Indiana state parks?

Yes
No
Undecided
     View Results
eEdition