BUGGS ISLAND – While many people are beginning to enjoy the warm weather and water activities, it is also a time to be safe and aware of water safety and accident preparedness involving water-related activities.
Several area EMS groups participated in a Sunday night rescue at Buggs Island Lake. The incident took place at 10:10 p.m., as the departments of South Hill, Clarksville, Lake Gaston and Mecklenburg Rescue rushed to the scene.
The Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s Office, Clarksville Police Department, and Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries were also dispatched to the area of Buoy 21 on Bugg’s Island Lake for a report on a possible watercraft. in distress.
Prior to the initial dispatch, Clarksville police responded to the report of calls for help possibly coming from the nearby woods. Upon arriving in the area, it was determined that the people in need of assistance were on the water. Water rescue resources were dispatched to the scene and then proceeded to the general scream area for assistance.
Three people were found in the water clinging to an overturned 16ft fiberglass boat. The three individuals were safely loaded onto a lifeboat and they reported that all individuals had been found.
The individuals were taken ashore where they were assessed by EMS and released without injury. Responders towed the capsized boat to a nearby dock to prevent other boaters from hitting the vessel.
South Hill Volunteer Fire Department officials said: ‘We can’t stress this enough, please wear your life jackets when in and around the water!’