The Illinois River is Safer Due to GRDA and Illinois River Volunteer Fire Department Collaboration
When the unthinkable happens on the Illinois River like a missing paddler or camper, two local agencies spring into action first, the Illinois River Volunteer Fire Department and the Grand River Dam Authority Police. These first responders spring into action to rescue stranded floaters, administer life saving aid, and corral rowdy floaters and campers when appropriate.
Hopefully every trip to the Illinois River for a float or camping trip ends safely and without any incidents. However, when bad situations develop on the river, local agencies are prepared to respond using the resources of these two agencies including an everglades-style fan boat. The low-water boat often associated with gator tours in the swamp is perfect for navigating the low water of the Illinois River.
Just this past weekend, authorities rendered aid for broken bones, heat exhaustion and a potential missing floater. The missing floater was found shortly after being reported missing, but rescuers were on the water within ten minutes to begin searching for him. For more information about the rescues from this past weekend and more in depth information about GRDA and IRVFD, check out a recent story by the Tahlequah Daily Press by Kerri Thornton.
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5/27/2022 04:32:19 pm
The low-water boat often associated with gator tours in the swamp is perfect for navigating the low water of the Illinois River. Thank you for making this such an awesome post!
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