Rescuers respond to three water rescues at Perry’s Mill dam in Walland
From Staff Reports
Emergency personnel were called to three separate water rescues Friday and Saturday, including a near-drowning at Perry’s Mill dam in Walland.
Rural/Metro Ambulance Service and Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to Perry’s Mill dam, located across the street from Heritage Propane, 4505 E. Lamar Alexander Parkway, Walland, at around 6 p.m. to a report of a young man involved in a near-drowning.
Witnesses said the man was swimming near the dam when he got pulled into the undercurrent near the dam. An acquaintance of the victim who was at the scene described the incident as “scary,” adding that the man kept coming up and being pulled back under water.
The man was out of the water before rescuers responded. Witnesses said he was beat up by the current and also had water in his lungs. While Rural/Metro emergency personnel checked him out at the scene, he reportedly declined transportation.
Earlier in the day, around 12:30 p.m., a woman tubing in the Little River in Townsend fell off her tube and traveled about a quarter mile down the river before being helped out of the river. Townsend Police Chief Ron Suttles said one of his officers heard the woman yelling as she traveled down the river on her back. She was carried down near the Exxon, 7609 Old State Highway 73, before she was able to get to the bank. Townsend firefighters also responded and the group was able to help her out of the river at that point safely and without incident, Suttles said.
She reportedly did not require transportation to the hospital.
Rescuers were called to the Y in Townsend early Friday evening to assist several tubers who were stranded in rough water.
Townsend firefighters, along with members of the Blount Special Operations Response Team (BSORT), were dispatched at around 5:30 p.m. to assist the group.
There were no injuries reported.
Blount County Fire Department Captain Jim Patty said six tubers — four adults and two children — apparently ran into some rough water and wound up trapped on the wrong side of the river.
Swift water technicians with the Townsend Fire Department were the main responders, while four firefighters and two trucks from Blount County assisted.
Members of the Blount County Sheriff’s Office also responded.
“Townsend did an excellent job,” Patty said. “We basically came for backup and assisted and got (the tubers) back safely ... it all went very well.”