Girl rescued from Roaring Branch near Congress Street
BENNINGTON — A 13-year-old girl momentarily unable to return to shore while swimming in the Roaring Branch was pulled to safety by a friend Wednesday afternoon.
The rescue took place before the Bennington Police Department and Bennington Rescue Squad reached the scene, Detective Larry Cole said. The girl was examined by paramedics and released at the scene to her mother, who did not provide her or her child's name.
"A tragedy was averted this afternoon thanks to quick thinking and actions on the part of friends," and the girl was lucky to have suffered only minor injuries, Bennington Chief Paul Doucette said in email. "The heavy rains and inclement weather over the last couple of days caused the river to rise and the water was flowing swiftly."
The incident occurred a little before 2:30 p.m. at a section of the stream accessible via a short path at the end of Congress Street. The spot is a known swimming hole, according to Cole.
"This should serve as a lesson to everyone who uses the river as a swimming area," said Doucette, who suggested that people avoid swift-moving water after storms. On hot days, the chief said, "I would like to see people use areas like Lake Paran or the Bennington Recreation Center where lifeguards are on duty."
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