CONWAY FIREFIGHTERS RESCUE BOY IN SWIFT RIVER

by Christian Mower on July 25, 2012

CONWAY FIRE CHIEF STEVE SOLOMON SAYS A 13-YEAR-OLD BOY VACATIONING FROM MASSACHUSETTS SUFFERED NON-LIFE THREATENING INJURIES WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON AFTER HE FELL INTO THE SWIFT RIVER.

CONWAY FIRE AND RESCUE PERSONNEL RESPONDED TO LOWER FALLS OFF THE KANCAMAGUS HIGHWAY SHORTLY AFTER 2 P.M.

SOLOMON SAYS THE BOY SLIPPED AT THE TOP OF THE FALLS AND THEN WENT HEAD FIRST OVER THEM AND WAS BRIEFLY PINNED AT THE BOTTOM OF THE FALLS. HE WAS FOUND LYING ON A ROCK BEFORE HE WAS LOADED ONTO A BACKBOARD AND LITTER AND A SIX MAN TEAM CARRIED HIM BACK ACROSS THE RIVER.

THE CHIEF SAYS THE BOY FELL ABOUT 10 FEET AND HIT HIS HEAD BUT HE DID NOT LOSE CONSCIOUSNESS.

THE VICTIM WAS TAKEN BY AMBULANCE TO MEMORIAL HOSPITAL IN NORTH CONWAY.

THE U.S. FOREST SERVICE AND A NEW HAMPSHIRE FISH AND GAME OFFICER ASSISTED.

CONWAY UNITS CLEARED THE SCENE ABOUT 2:45 P.M.