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10 year old rescued from Yarra River.

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19 Apr 2011
The boy was stranded in rapid flowing water in the Yarra River.

Date: April 18, 2011 
Time: 15;46 hours     
Call Number: 8301

Address:  Yarra River, Lower Templestowe

Whilst canoeing with a friend of similar age, the canoe capsized near Finns Reserve.  One boy managed to swim to the side of the bank whilst the other was unable but managed to grab a tree branch and hang on despite the strong currents.  Fortunately both boys were wearing life jackets.

Following a request from the police and ambulance who where on scene, the MFB Templestowe firefighters and MFB Nunawading Rescue crews were called out. The boy was approximately 15-20 metres from the bank.  Strategically firefighters threw rescue ropes into the water until the boy was able to attach himself and he was pulled to safety by the crew. A cold and distressed boy was then tended to by the ambulance and police collected his friend from the other side.


Attending Appliances:  

Pumpers: 3

Number of firefighters: 10

Officer in charge: Station Officer David Brumley

For more information please contact: MFB Media & Communications on 9665 4699 or

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