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Accident: 200623791 - Employee Dies Attempting Water Rescue

Accident: 200623791 -- Report ID: 0454732 -- Event Date: 05/25/2006
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
30992822405/31/20069229Montgomery County-Ems
At approximately 7:00 p.m. on May 25, 2006, Employee #1 and #2 were performing their duties as emergency rescuers and were attempting to retrieve two teenage males. The teenagers had been swept over a 40-ft dam in Ringold Creek, in Clarksville. Employees #1 and #2 were in a rescue craft trying to reach the two teenagers. Both rescuers were tossed into the water when the craft became caught in the turbulent water coming over the dam. Employee #1 was injured when he was trapped in the hydraulic (circulating undertow) in front of the dam. Employee #2 rescued Employee #1, pulled him to the bank of the creek and administered CPR. Employee #1 was treated at Gateway Medical Hospital, in Clarksville, then he was flown to Vanderbilt Hospital, in Nashville where he died on May 28, 2006.
Keywords: firefighter, dam, cpr, emergency response, river, drown, boat, water
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 309928224 Fatality Other Medical scientists

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