In Warren County on Thursday, a 14-year old boy from East Greenbush was snatched from the fast-moving Schroon River in Chestertown off Schroon River Rd. just north of the Warrensburg Town Line.
He had been caught in the rapids in a section of the river known as Tumble Head. He and a friend were in tubes when his life jacket and tube got tangled in a downed tree, according to the Warren County Sheriff’s Office.
The Sheriff’s Department received a radio call from Horicon Fire Chief James Hayes that there was a boy in the rapids. He pulled the boy to safety. Hayes had been driving north on Schroon River Rd. when he was flagged down by another boy, 15, yelling for help.
Hayes donned a life jacket, used a throw bag and tied it to the tree and entered the rapids. He said the boy was pinned by the current to the downed tree. The boys had been tubing down river and were wearing life jackets.
The victim said his life jacket and tube became entangled in the down tree in the rapids and strong current and that the jacket was pulling him under water so he was able to take it off and hold onto the tree. The strong current ripped his swimsuit off and possibly fractured some ribs, authorities said.
He was taken by Bolton EMS to Glens Falls Hospital with minor injuries. Hayes is the acting Fire Chief for the Horicon Fire Department and also a member of the Warren County Dive Response Team.