Members from A-shift were dispatched to Amherst County to assist with a vehicle in the James River, on 5/26/20.
Amherst Fire Department's post provides more insight into this incident.
Thank you to all who coordinated in the success and safety during this incident.
As always, “Turn Around Don't Drown”!
Late Entry: (5/26/2020) At 2300 hrs Amherst Communications alerted Monelison Volunteer Fire Department along with Amherst County’s Swiftwater Team for reports of a vehicle fully submerged in the James River near the 1600 block of Stapleton Rd. Chief 2 and Amherst’s
Boat 11 arrived with deputies to confirm the above. Conflicting reports as to the number of individuals in the vehicle at the time of incidence determined the need to launch multiple boats for search and rescue / possible recovery operations. Chief 2 assumed command and immediately requested Campbell County’s assistance.
(Concord Fire Department). Amherst’s Boat 11 launched downstream at Grief while Concord launched upstream at a private boat ramp location. Due to topographical issues, multiple swimmers were tethered and provided downstream safety nets from the incident location. Boat 11 along with Concord’s two boats reached the vehicle and held position while members searched the vehicle to the best of their abilities. With confidence that there were no victims inside, units returned downstream to search other areas and ultimately cleared the scene without incidence. (5/27/2020) At 0919 hrs, Amherst County’s Public Safety Director requested that Amherst County’s Swiftwater Team return to the above location during daylight hours to ensure that no victims were inside the vehicle or upon the riverbank. With the assistance of Lynchburg Fire Department, teams were briefed and three boats were again placed in the water. Amherst’s Boat 11 and Monelison’s Boat 21 reached the vehicle. With the use of a GoPro Hero Max and it’s 360 degree view capability with live-time footage, units were able to quickly scan and confirm that no victims were present. Lynchburg Fire Department’s Boat 1 also scanned the vehicle with camera equipment from their USAR vehicle and noted the same. Teams then assisted in vehicle recovery operations and cleared without incidence.
Monelison Volunteer Fire Department
Concord Volunteer Fire Department
Lynchburg Fire Department
Gladstone Volunteer Fire & Rescue Service