Beacon Falls Fire Department

Water Search Naugatuck River 7/31/09

Just to put an end to a record month of July for rain fall, Naugatuck Fire was notified of a possible person in the Naugatuck River in the area of Platts Mill Rd. With the river moving very swiftly after a microburst thunderstorm incident commander for NFD requested spotters and rescue crews to set up from Linden Park to the center of Beacon Falls covering approximately 5 miles of river. Beacon Falls crews took up positions at Exit 25 on Rt 8 close to where they were working heavy storm damage on Androsko Rd, Exit 24, behind their fire house on Main St, and at the Depot St Bridge. Crews donned their lifejackets and swiftwater rescue gear and took up positions with throw ropes in case there was a person in distress in the swollen river. After approximately and hour and a half with nothing spotted except for a piece of orange foam and a basketball which may have been mistaken for a person bobbing in the water the Naugatuck Incident Commander suspended the search and released all crews calling the incident one of good intent.

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