Va. Teen Trapped in River Rescued by Human Chain

May 10, 2010

A Richmond fire official credits teamwork for saving a 13-year-old boy from drowning in the James River.

Fire Captain Mike Martin says friends, family, bystanders and firefighters formed a human chain to rescue the boy Sunday. The South Richmond boy was bodysurfing off Belle Island when his foot became wedged under a rock.

Martin says the chain initially was too short to reach the boy. Two firefighters arrived minutes later and joined the chain but it was still too short. Then two more firefighters arrived, joined the end of the chain and grabbed the boy.

The boy was taken VCU Medical Center, where he was listed in good condition.


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