Five people were saved by the Loudoun County Fire and Rescue Department after units rescued them from their disabled boat atop of Goose Creek Reservoir Dam on April 10.
Rescuers connected a tow rope to the fishing boat and pulled the family safely to shore. Once on land, Emergency Medical Technicians evacuated the family. No one was injured, according to the department.
“Swift water rescue incidents are among the most dangerous activity we perform. In this case, five lives were saved due to the combined efforts of the men and women of our Fire and Rescue System,” said LCFR Chief Keith Brower in a statement.
At approximately 5:30 p.m. April 10, the Loudoun County Emergency Communications Center received a call from a man stating he and his family were stranded in a boat on top of the Goose Creek dam.
The motor on the small fishing boat had failed, leaving them to drift and ultimately stop atop the 20 foot dam with a portion of the boat hanging over the edge.
Fire and Rescue units from Ashburn, Lansdowne and Leesburg were dispatched along with rescue boats from Leesburg, Cascades and Lucketts. When the first unit arrived, they found the small boat with two adults and three small children teetering precariously on the edge of the dam, Fire and Rescue Public Information Officer Laura Rinehart said. The swift moving current made the boat unstable and the family was sitting at the front of the boat to keep it from falling over the dam. Everyone was wearing a lifejacket except one of the adults.
Fire and rescue crews initially attempted to reach them using an aerial ladder, but the stranded boat was too far from shore. However, first responders were able to successfully deploy an additional lifejacket to the stranded vessel using a throw rope from the end of the aerial device.
Crews were also deployed downstream with rescue equipment in case the boat fell over the dam. Upon arrival of the water rescue team, a boat and crew made their way out to the stranded family.
The Goose Creek Reservoir Dam is located just upstream from the Luck Stone Quarry off of Belmont Ridge Road.