Two girls rescued at Jamestown Ferry Pier

Posted at 11:55 AM, Jul 10, 2014
and last updated 2014-07-10 11:57:13-04

James City Co., Va. – Two teen girls are now safe after getting caught in a current that swept them away while they were swimming in the James River, according to James City County Fire EMS officials.

It happened on Wednesday, July 9 at 2:23 p.m. The James City County Fire Department responded to the report of two girls in the James River, holding onto a piling of the Jamestown Ferry Pier. The two girls reported they were not currently in distress, but could not get out of the water or back to shore.

The girls said they were swimming when the current took them to the end of the pier. To avoid going further out into the river, they held onto the pier and were given life jackets from crew members of the Ferry, officials say.

The Fire Department had units on the scene with the fire and rescue boat responding from the Jamestown Yacht Basin. Prior to the fire/rescue boat arrival, a private boat retrieved the two girls from the water and took them to the 4-H Camp, officials say.

The Fire Department crew met the two girls at the 4-H Camp where both refused medical treatment.

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