A frantic 911 call in Omaha this morning sent police, firefighters and medics to the Missouri River. Acting Battalion Chief Chris Langlois says that call placed just before 9 a.m. saved a man’s life. A person living near the river spotted the man apparently clinging to a log just before 9 a.m.
Omaha Fire Battalion Chief Chris Langlois says they launched their rescue boat along with mutual assistance from Council Bluffs, Iowa Fire and Rescue who also launched theirs. Eppley Fire had their boat on standby. The man was soon spotted by an Omaha police officer and firefighters were quickly able to rescue the victim. He was transported to a hospital in critical condition with life threatening injuries.
Chief Langlois says the mutual aid from other departments is critical in situations like this. He says, “If there is somebody out in the river, the current moves fairly quickly so when we get a report of somebody at one place in the river they could be pretty far down the river in minutes. Without these boats, without our boat and cooperation with Council Bluffs and Eppley Fire that’s viat for ust to get out into the river to get somebody out of the water if we need to.”
The identity of the victim has not been released.