TROY — A pair of young men playing near the dam on a rain-swollen Great Miami River found themselves in trouble on Sunday.
Callers to Miami County 911 told dispatchers that a pair of men were in the river near the dam and unable to get out, shortly before 4 p.m. Sunday.
The Troy Fire Department and Troy Police Department responded to the scene, covering both banks of the river, near the dam. The fire department brought rescue boats to the scene and, as a precaution, requested the Piqua Fire Department water rescue team to respond.
As Troy firefighters arrived on the scene, it was reported that one of the men had managed to swim to safety, but the other was holding onto a limb in swift water and was growing weaker.
A boat team from Troy was able to reach the stranded man, put him into the boat, and bring him safely back to dry land. He had been in the water for approximately 20 minutes.
Captain Joe Long of the Troy Police Department said that the two involved subjects, Kyle Lawrence, 19, and Conner Skirvin, 20, are both welding students from Indiana with current addresses listed as Troy.
Neither Lawrence or Skirvin have been charged.
Long summed up the recent incidents with “There is a lot of poor judgment going on with the river right now.”
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