Reported By Jamey Tucker, Video Journalist - bio | email
MURFREESBORO, Tenn. -
Crews rescued two juveniles from the Manson Pike Dam in Murfreesboro late Sunday afternoon.
The boys, ages 14 and 16 had gone for a swim in the Stones River while the current was near its highest.
"It's almost like a riptide at the ocean. If you get caught on it you really can't get out," explained Murfreesboro firefighter Matt Young.
Young was one of four firefighters who rescued the boys by boat.
"They were out of breath and just exhausted and they grabbed the clump of trees and a bystander called 911," he told Nashville's News 2, adding, "I grabbed onto the clump of trees and everybody on the boat was holding on to the trees."
The boys, Danny Derryberry and Dakota Franz, were uninjured.
"Anytime the river is up you don't need to be in it. It's dangerous," said Young. "There's logs floating in the river, there's barbed wire, there's things underneath that water line that you can get snagged in and caught in."
Young told News 2 fighting the current in an inflatable raft to rescue the boys was dangerous for the firefighters.
Once rescuers reached the teens they were given life jackets and helmets before being brought back to shore.