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Near drowning on Blue


Incident second in area this month


July 20, 2011
The second near-drowning in as many weeks happened July 9 on Blue River just upstream from Milltown.

Indiana Department of Natural Resources Conservation Officer Jim Hash said Terry Huddleston, 50, of Boonville, and three others were canoeing on the river and, when they came to a log that was across the channel, they tried to get past it.

"There was just a little current," Hash said, "but not a lot. When Huddleston got to the log, her canoe became lodged against it."

Hash said the woman and the canoe were pushed under water.

"Once she went under water, the current held both her and the canoe under," he said.

Huddleston's son, daughter-in-law and stepson, who were in separate canoes, got out of their vessels and tried to help rescue Huddleston.

"They apparently worked for a while to get her out," Hash said. "She was pinned between the canoe and the log. Her daughter-in-law said she was under water for at least two to four minutes."

Once they got her to the surface, she was taken to the riverbank and revived. She also had a small injury to her head and a broken collar bone. The group then put her into another canoe and went about a half mile downstream.

"They saw finally some people standing on a sandbar fishing," Hash said. "They were then able to contact E-911 for help."

Huddleston was transported to the Ramsey Volunteer Fire Department and then was flown to University Medical Services in Louisville by helicopter.

"She's doing fine now," Hash said last week. "They had lifejackets in the canoes and were not negligent in any way. It was just one of those freak accidents."

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Samantha Johnson
A week earlier, a 3-year-old boy was rescued after nearly drowning in Patoka Lake. Samantha Johnson and her sister, Stephanie, saw the boy floating face down, picked him up and rushed him to the beach where Samantha immediately started CPR and continued until emergency crews arrived. Officials credited Samantha with saving the boy's life.

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