21 Nov Columbus Man Rescued From Low Head Dam This Week
The Indiana Department of Natural Resources says a Columbus man has been rescued from a low head dam in Shelby County, and he remains in critical condition.
A low head dam is a man-made structure. They were put in place across the state around a century ago for various reasons, and some are still used today to create water supply. They’re deceiving structures that are capable of trapping someone in the powerful churning water.
According to a news release from the DNR, 35-year-old Raymond Sanchez was rescued from Flatrock River Monday afternoon. Witnesses allegedly saw Sanchez go over the low head dam around 1 p.m. in a small boat.
The release says Sanchez was identified after his girlfriend notified conservation officers around 11:30 p.m. that Sanchez had went out on the river earlier in the afternoon. She said Sanchez wasn’t aware of low head dams along the route.
He remains in critical condition at Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis.
Indiana conservation officers have called on community members to be more aware of their surroundings when it comes to low head dams. They say more awareness could prevent fatal incidents. According to DNR officials, around 35 percent of deaths are people trying to save someone else.