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Victim identified in Maury River drowning

(WDBJ)
Published: May. 3, 2016 at 10:14 PM EDT
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Glasgow Volunteer Fire Department Chief John Hill reflects on Monday's swift water rescue. The victim was 43 year-old Stacy Dawson of Buena Vista.

"Anytime that you have to do anything to help someone like that, you just do what you can at the time," said Hill.

They got the call around 7:00 p.m. for a missing woman on the Maury River. They found the body after more than an hour of searching.

"We noticed what appeared to be an orange flotation device that was partially submerged in the water," said Hill. "We pulled the device up and she was attached with the life jacket on."

Hill says Dawson was someone he saw around the community.

"If you don't know the person, it doesn't bother you as bad, but if it's somebody that you see on a normal basis, it can bother you," said Hill.

Officials said access to the water made things difficult. Crews had to launch their boat more than a mile away because of the terrain. The department recently bought a truck with a crane to aid in future rescues.

"It would probably knocked off about 45 minutes of the search because that was a point of interest for people on the bank," said Lieutenant Adrian Watts with the Glasgow Volunteer Fire Department. "If we had our crane, we could have just sat the boat in right there and made our way over."

Hill says these kinds of situations makes him think harder about life.

"You hug your little ones and just take everyday as a gift," said Hill.