(MURFREESBORO) Shortly before 2:00 o'clock a person on the Thompson Lane bridge looked below and saw several teens clinging to trees surrounded by the swift waters of the Stones River. They quickly called 911.
UPDATED 4/13/2020: A video has since been released by Murfreesboro Fire and Rescue:
More video from an onlooker below:
Teens kayaking had to be rescued Sunday.
High school kayaking adventure ends with rescue from Stones River. https://www.wgnsradio.com/siegel-high-school-kayak-adventures-ends-well-cms-57222
Posted by Good Neighbor Station on Sunday, March 29, 2020
Within minutes first responders from Murfreesboro Fire Rescue and Murfreesboro Police were on-the-scene at the Thompson Lane Trailhead. The swift water rescue team was there from station 4 and they secured a raft and went to rescue the four Siegel High School students who were hanging onto trees in the river.
One of the students told WGNS that they had just purchased the kayaks and got so excited with the 75 degree temperatures and sunshine that they forgot to bring the life jackets from the car.
Murfreesboro Fire Rescue Captain Terry Smith told NewsRadio WGNS, "Always know how to kayak before entering water, especially swift water, and always wear a personal flotation device."
He noted the youth had just purchased the sit-on type kayaks, entered the swift high waters of the Stones River at the Thompson Lane Trailhead, and left their life jackets in the car. After traveling a short distance, the kayaks flipped and the teens were each able to grab nearby trees and hung on for life until the Swift Water Rescue Team arrived.
On sunny days in the mid 70s, it's great to enjoy the beautiful weather. However, it's vital to first know how to safely handle whatever activitiy you select. A special thank you to this community's emergency responders who protect the Heart of Tennessee daily.