One woman is in critical condition after nine people were rescued Big Darby Creek Sunday afternoon.
Pleasant Township Fire Chief Jay Noojin said crews were called to the scene after nine people were reported out of their canoes after leaving Trapper John’s Canoe Livery in Grove City.
Firefighters said the boats were caught in a swift current and got stuck in debris in the water. At least one canoe tipped, trapping a 49-year-old woman under a log for about 5 minutes. Family members tell firefighters they pulled the woman out and she was not breathing.
Firefighters used CPR to get the woman breathing again before she was taken to Mount Carmel West in critical condition.
Eight others made it safely to shore, but they were stranded along the banks and on islands. Rescue crews were able to safely get everyone out of the water.
Jason Kaufman with Trapper John’s Canoe Livery, said the water level was up due to yesterday’s rain.
“It should be ideal canoeing and kayaking conditions,” he said.
He said he does not tell boaters to stay off of the creek until it reaches 4.5 feet deep. On Saturday, the river measured at 3 feet according to Kaufman.