06/18/09 147 W - + 17 - 7 Church Group Rescued From River in Montgomery County

Nine youth members of a church group were rescued from the Uwharrie River in Montgomery County after multiple boats became separated around noon. A large-scale rescue operation was initiated, with about 50 emergency personnel from Montgomery, Cabarrus, Stanly, and Randolph counties. As this News & Record article reports, a State Highway Patrol helicopter also participated in the search. The incident was reported at 12:15 p.m., the article notes. The nine boys were located about three hours later about a mile upstream from the Low Water Bridge off Highway 109. Montgomery Country established their Emergency Operations Center at the site, which appears to be the massive command trailer pictured in the WTVD story footage. The story is covered on numerous other outlets. The river's name is pronounced yoo-WAHR-ee. It's a tributary of the Pee Dee River. In case you wanted to know.

Charlotte FD sent some of our NCHART members. Departed from Salisbury (via helo) but where turned around after everyone was located.
Luke - 06/19/09 - 00:37

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