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For Second Time Since Saturday, Child Trapped - And Rescued - In McKercher Park

Sweet Home Fire District

For the second time in three days, a child was trapped in the rapids of McKercher Park near Brownsville, Tuesday.

Sweet Home Fire personnel responded to a call that an 8-year-old girl was stuck in the exact spot as a 10-year-old boy last Saturday.  A log wedged beneath the water’s surface was the cause behind both entrapments.

Credit Sweet Home Fire District / SHFD
This photo shows three of the four bystanders that rescued the girl Tuesday afternoon, assisting firefighters by placing caution tape on the water channel leading to the hazard . (Left to Right: Cameron Harris, Torell Ireton, and Caleb Ritcher) Not pictured was Dakota Hufled.

Before rescue crews arrived, four bystanders freed the girl. They helped string caution tape around the area leading to the sunken log.  

The bystanders are named as Cameron Harris, Torell Ireton, Caleb Ritcher, and Dakota Hufled.

Linn County Parks has been alerted to the danger. Sweet Home Fire Dive team members have volunteered to remove the log.  

District officials say to their knowledge, no other entrapments have been recorded at this section of the Calapooia River beyond these two cases. They urge people to avoid the area until the hazard has been removed.

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Brian Bull joined the KLCC News Team in June 2016. In his 25+ years as a public media journalist, he's worked at NPR, Twin Cities Public Television, South Dakota Public Broadcasting, Wisconsin Public Radio, and ideastream in Cleveland. His reporting has netted dozens of accolades, including four national Edward R. Murrow Awards (19 regional), the Ohio Associated Press' Best Reporter Award, Best Radio Reporter from the Native American Journalists Association, and the PRNDI/NEFE Award for Excellence in Consumer Finance Reporting.
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