Four people, dog rescued floating in James River

Courtesy Phil Lane
Courtesy Phil Lane(WDBJ)
Published: May. 24, 2020 at 8:16 PM EDT
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A swift water team rescued a group of people water tubing down the James River Sunday in Buchanan.

Crews were called out to the river at 4:44 p.m. near the Springwood area for reports of four people and a dog unable to get back to shore, according to Botetourt County Fire & EMS Chief Jason Ferguson.

The group had tried to go water tubing, but the river was still swollen from flooding in the past week, making conditions dangerous, Ferguson said.

The group was stranded among the trees when the county’s swift water team found them and took them back to shore.

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