EUGENE, Ore. -- Eugene Springfield Fire's Water Rescue crews saved 18 people after they experienced a mishap floating down the Willamette River on Saturday.
Boats 5 and 6 went to Clear Water park and pulled 17 people off an island, who were then transported to local hospitals for minor traumatic injuries.
Later that evening crews responded to the Wheeler Rd. area of the Willamette River for an injured and hypothermic subject stuck on an island. Crews devised a plan to safely use the team's inflatable craft to access and retrieve the injured subject who was later transported to a local hospital.
In both incidents, Eugene Springfield Fire was assisted by Lane County Sheriffs and Pleasant Hill Goshen Fire.
Rescue crews want to remind people that rivers are dangerous places to recreate year round and proper safety equipment and plans are a must when enjoying our natural areas.