STROUDSBURG, MONROE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU-TV) — Emergency crews responded to calls for a water rescue in Stroudsburg Tuesday afternoon.
That rescue just wrapped up in the last hour on South Seventh Street on the bridge with McMichaels Creek underneath.
The call came over just before 2:00 Tuesday afternoon for three individuals stuck in moving water.
It all started to unfold with crews setting up on the bridge. When first responders arrived on scene, they located the individuals stranded.
Crews were able to get out to them safely, providing them with life jackets. Downstream, crews implemented safety precautions in case any first responder or individual broke away.
Two hours later the men were finally rescued. Crews had to cut the metal barriers on the South Seventh Street bridge above to bring the individuals to safety.
“It was unsafe to put the boat in the water so we we had to go uh high angle rescue and send a guy over the bridge,” said Chief Charlie Frantz of the Stroudsburg Fire Department.
“We put a harness around each victim one at a time. Then hauled them up to the tower and then at the end after hauling the three out then we hooked it up to myself and hauled myself out,” said Lee Philips, Asst. Fire Chief of the Stroud Township Volunteer Fire Department.
The individuals who were rescued were homeless. The Park Avenue bridge was closed to traffic.