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Spencer’s Coach Saves 2 Kids Stranded in Little Sioux River

Spencer’s Coach Saves 2 Kids Stranded in Little Sioux River

SPENCER, Neb. (KCAU) — Two boys were rescued Thursday after entering the Little Sioux River in Spencer, authorities said.

​According to a release from the Spencer Police Department, officers and the Clay County Sheriff’s Office responded to a disturbance in the 600 block of 4th Street SE in Spencer on Thursday around 5 p.m.

Authorities arrived on scene to find two 12-year-old boys crying for help while hanging on to a utility pole in the Little Sioux River. Evan Scheck, a tennis coach and social studies teacher at Spencer High School, heard the cries for help, entered the river and swam to the children. Scheck managed to get one of the children to shore without help. Authorities threw a rope with a floating rescue disc to Scheck who was then able to hand it to the second child. The child and Scheck were then brought ashore by authorities.

A Spencer ambulance was called to the scene as a precaution, but both boys escaped without injuries, according to the release.

Police said the two boys on bikes attempted to cross a flooded walking path near the footbridge when the river’s current swept them downstream.

Spencer Parks and Recreation Director Bob Fullhart wants to remind the public not to attempt to use flooded trails. Iowa Department of Natural Resources official Joe Yarkosky also offered river or floodwater safety tips.

  1. Avoid boating and paddling during periods of flooding. Flooding causes faster flows and currents. A lot of debris is the result of flooding and the risk of obstructions and hazards is increasing. Many hazards are underwater and out of sight, increasing the danger. The water is also cold this time of year and the risk of immersion in cold water is high.
  2. Never walk, drive, swim or attempt to cross flood zones. Water depths are unknown and current may be strong.
  3. As a general rule, assume that no water is safe. Always wear a Coast Guard approved life jacket when on the water and have all required safety equipment operational at all times.