SHELBY COUNTY — First responders from around the area responded to River Road, just north of Miami-Shelby Road, in southern Shelby County on the report of a man calling for help from an island in the Great Miami River.
Area resident Harold Stover said that he was checking the flooded areas on River Road around 9:30 on Friday morning when the heard someone calling for help.
Stover began looking for the source of the distress call and found a man on what is normally a dry island in the Great Miami River. The man, identified by Sheriff County Sheriff John Lenhart as Verlin Powers, 57, of the Sidney area, told Stover that he was camping on the island and had been trapped since Sunday.
He was advised to get back away from the rushing waters while Stover called 911.
Fire departments from Sidney, Shelby County, Lockington responded, as well as Houston Rescue Squad and a boat team from Piqua.
A pair of Sidney firefighters made contact with Powers and successfully rescued him when their boat suffered an engine failure and all three were swept downstream and back to the island. A second attempt by another boat with a motor also failed.
Finally, ropes were thrown across and lines secured. A high-line rescue was initiated and the man was brought safely across the river, as were the two firefighters. The rescue was completed at 12 noon.
The man was transported to an area hospital by the Houston Rescue Squad. His name and condition have not been released.
Authorities were on the scene for more than 2 1/2 hours.
There were no injuries reported.
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