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Family trapped by high waters rescued


QUEENSBURY, N.Y. - Emergency crews responded to the banks of the Hudson near the Town of Moreau Friday, after two adults and two children found themselves trapped and surrounded by high waters after fishing.

"It is very dangerous down there and there should be no fishing.  The current is very unsafe and nobody should be down there," said West Glens Falls Fire Chief Michael Gordon.

Chief Gordon says the waters quickly rose and surrounded the family, who couldn't get across the water to higher ground, so rescue crews used some equipment to act as dams.

"That slowed the water down and basically we got life jackets out to them and got them across by ropes," he said.

A number of departments, all with different specialties, helped with the rescue effort.

"We have our swift water rescue that comes in and they work with our agency to assist us with rescues like this," said Gordon.

Luckily the weather held out while they were trying to get to the trapped family, but Gordon says this time of year, the river is always a concern.

"With the high water levels, we are always thinking that we could be in this situation."

In total, more than six departments responded to the rescue.

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