12-year-old rescued after falling into Spencer Creek in Dundas

News Apr 14, 2016 by Joel OpHardt The Hamilton Spectator

A 12-year-old boy was rescued after slipping into fast-moving water at Spencer Creek in Dundas.

Firefighters were called to Spencer Creek, behind 39 Market St. S., around 3:30 p.m.

"It's an excellent outcome," said fire spokesperson Claudio Mostacci. "It was a tragedy averted."

The combination of fast-moving water and cool temperatures make chances of survival slim in these scenarios, said Mostacci.

A 13-year-old friend of the boy, Brady Tanner, said a group of five friends were walking home from school when the 12-year-old attempted to show them how they could sit on a concrete slab on the embankment of the creek.

The boy hit a patch of moss as he got to close, said Tanner, and was swept down the river. The friends tried to shove sticks through a fence surrounding the river for the boy to hold onto, and attempted to guide him back up the river when he was finally able to grab a hold of something.

When he couldn't make it any further, Tanner knew it was time to call the police — despite the possibility of repercussions from his parents.

"He kept asking for help — he kept yelling my name," said Tanner, who made his first 911 call of his life Wednesday.

"I was a bit scared for him when he was getting pulled away," said Tanner, though he says he felt reassured when they were able to get him to a safer position and wait for emergency crews.

The group flagged down emergency services behind the Dundas Community Pool. Fire crews cut out a portion of the fence surrounding the creek to get to the boy, said Tanner.

"We needed to go down about 20 feet to get him, so we performed a rope rescue, sent a rescuer down, secured the individual and brought him up," said Mostacci.

The boy was in the water for about 20 minutes and seemed to be OK.

Mostacci warns to steer clear of fast moving water, which can turn dangerous at any second.

jophardt@thespec.com

905-526-3408

12-year-old rescued after falling into Spencer Creek in Dundas

News Apr 14, 2016 by Joel OpHardt The Hamilton Spectator

A 12-year-old boy was rescued after slipping into fast-moving water at Spencer Creek in Dundas.

Firefighters were called to Spencer Creek, behind 39 Market St. S., around 3:30 p.m.

"It's an excellent outcome," said fire spokesperson Claudio Mostacci. "It was a tragedy averted."

The combination of fast-moving water and cool temperatures make chances of survival slim in these scenarios, said Mostacci.

A 13-year-old friend of the boy, Brady Tanner, said a group of five friends were walking home from school when the 12-year-old attempted to show them how they could sit on a concrete slab on the embankment of the creek.

The boy hit a patch of moss as he got to close, said Tanner, and was swept down the river. The friends tried to shove sticks through a fence surrounding the river for the boy to hold onto, and attempted to guide him back up the river when he was finally able to grab a hold of something.

When he couldn't make it any further, Tanner knew it was time to call the police — despite the possibility of repercussions from his parents.

"He kept asking for help — he kept yelling my name," said Tanner, who made his first 911 call of his life Wednesday.

"I was a bit scared for him when he was getting pulled away," said Tanner, though he says he felt reassured when they were able to get him to a safer position and wait for emergency crews.

The group flagged down emergency services behind the Dundas Community Pool. Fire crews cut out a portion of the fence surrounding the creek to get to the boy, said Tanner.

"We needed to go down about 20 feet to get him, so we performed a rope rescue, sent a rescuer down, secured the individual and brought him up," said Mostacci.

The boy was in the water for about 20 minutes and seemed to be OK.

Mostacci warns to steer clear of fast moving water, which can turn dangerous at any second.

jophardt@thespec.com

905-526-3408

12-year-old rescued after falling into Spencer Creek in Dundas

News Apr 14, 2016 by Joel OpHardt The Hamilton Spectator

A 12-year-old boy was rescued after slipping into fast-moving water at Spencer Creek in Dundas.

Firefighters were called to Spencer Creek, behind 39 Market St. S., around 3:30 p.m.

"It's an excellent outcome," said fire spokesperson Claudio Mostacci. "It was a tragedy averted."

The combination of fast-moving water and cool temperatures make chances of survival slim in these scenarios, said Mostacci.

A 13-year-old friend of the boy, Brady Tanner, said a group of five friends were walking home from school when the 12-year-old attempted to show them how they could sit on a concrete slab on the embankment of the creek.

The boy hit a patch of moss as he got to close, said Tanner, and was swept down the river. The friends tried to shove sticks through a fence surrounding the river for the boy to hold onto, and attempted to guide him back up the river when he was finally able to grab a hold of something.

When he couldn't make it any further, Tanner knew it was time to call the police — despite the possibility of repercussions from his parents.

"He kept asking for help — he kept yelling my name," said Tanner, who made his first 911 call of his life Wednesday.

"I was a bit scared for him when he was getting pulled away," said Tanner, though he says he felt reassured when they were able to get him to a safer position and wait for emergency crews.

The group flagged down emergency services behind the Dundas Community Pool. Fire crews cut out a portion of the fence surrounding the creek to get to the boy, said Tanner.

"We needed to go down about 20 feet to get him, so we performed a rope rescue, sent a rescuer down, secured the individual and brought him up," said Mostacci.

The boy was in the water for about 20 minutes and seemed to be OK.

Mostacci warns to steer clear of fast moving water, which can turn dangerous at any second.

jophardt@thespec.com

905-526-3408