North Jefferson News, Gardendale, AL

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June 28, 2010

Man, son rescued from river

NORTH JEFFERSON — Several agencies joined forces late Sunday night and quite possibly saved the lives of a father and son who were stranded on the Warrior River.

The pair reportedly decided to go boating after church on Sunday and failed to arrive home on time. The boat had no motor; the two were using paddles.

Fultondale Fire Chief Larry D. Holcomb said the Fultondale Fire Department received a call at about 11 p.m. Sunday to start searching for the pair.

Also assisting in the search were the Mt. Olive Fire Department, Warrior Fire Department and Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office.

Holcomb said Fultondale personnel and others started combing the river going east, while Warrior and other rescue workers headed west from the river bridge at U.S. Hwy. 31.

Searchers found the father and son at a bridge in Mt. Olive at 3:30 a.m. Monday, according to Holcomb.

“They were worn out,” he reported to the Fultondale City Council on Monday. “They couldn’t go any further. They were dehydrated.”

The father was in his 30s and the son was 15 years old, Holcomb said.

Read more in The North Jefferson News on Wednesday or check back later at njeffersonnews.com.

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