Injured tuber rescued from Pea River

ELBA, Ala. (WDHN) – Crews rushed on Saturday afternoon to save a man, who was injured tubing, on the Pea River in Coffee County.

The call came in just after 3 p.m. on Saturday to reports of a man on the Pea River who had lacerated his foot while tubing on the river. Elba Fire Department officials say at the time of the dispatch it was reported that the victim had a makeshift tourniquet applied and was possibly losing consciousness.

Early in the rescue attempt, crews could not send a boat from the Weeks Bridge in New Brockton to rescue the victim due to the sanding of the ramp. Road crews eventually were able to open the ramp so that the boat could go into the river.

In the water, firefighters reached the victim and he was then loaded into their boat where they began treating his injuries. The ship later made it back to the Weeks Bridge and the victim was transported by helicopter to a local trauma facility to be treated for his injuries.

This incident was a true testament to the great agencies we have in our area and how well everyone works together. All of the agencies on scene worked flawlessly together.

Elba Fire Department

During this rescue, parts of Coffee County Road 248 were blocked off at Weeks Bridge to help establish the landing zone for the helicopter. The road is now back open to drivers.

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