Danville Fire Department responds to multiple rescues at the Dan River on Saturday

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DANVILLE, Va. (WFXR) — The Danville Fire Department responded to multiple water rescues on Saturday.

At 7:35 a.m. on Saturday, June 6, the fire department received reports of a person in danger of falling in the Dan River from the Main Street Bridge. When crews arrived, they found a woman sitting on the ledge on the outside of the bridge.

Danville Fire Department placed crews in a boat and downriver for the rescue.  

Officials say police department negotiators worked with the victim to convince her to climb back over the railing. The fire department says the victim was trying pull herself up and was dangling by her arms.  

The Danville Police Department, one member of the Danville Fire Department, and personnel from the Danville Life Saving Crew held on to the woman. A member of Danville Power and Light had a harness with him and was able to tie a rope around the victim.

  • Members of the Danville Life Saving Crew wait in the waist-high water Saturday morning, June 6, 2020, in Danville, Va., as a woman dangles from the King Memorial Bridge, where several police officers held her by her arms. An employee of Danville Utilities went over the rail while on a harness, grabbed the struggling woman and pulled her back up to safety. (Photo: Courtesy Caleb Ayers/Danville Register & Bee via AP)
  • Danville Life Saving Crew members bring their boat back on shore after circling the area where a woman had attempted to jump from the King Memorial Bridge on Saturday morning, June 6, 2020, in Danville, Va. An employee of Danville Utilities went over the rail while on a harness, grabbed the struggling woman and pulled her back up to safety. (Photo: Courtesy Caleb Ayers/Danville Register & Bee via AP)

The victim was pulled to safety and turned over to the Danville Life Saving Crew for treatment.

The Danville Fire Department received a second call around 2:15 p.m. on Saturday for a victim in the Dan River from an overturned kayak.  

Upon arrival, crews found a man on debris that was underneath the Norfolk Southern train trestle. The fire department says first responders analyzed the situation and decided the best option was a high angle rescue from the top of the train trestle.  

Norfolk Southern was notified, so all rail traffic was stopped.

Crews rigged rope rescue lines on the train trestle and lowered a rescuer to the victim, who was then pulled to safety.  

The fire department assisted the Danville Lifesaving Crew in a boat rescue downstream as a safety precaution. No injuries were reported.

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