Firefighters train for swift water rescue in Harrison

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HARRISON, Ark. – Firefighters in Harrison on Monday got some valuable training on carrying out a rescue mission in high waters. 

In the past six months, there have been at least two accidents in the area involving drownings. 

Back in November John and Amy Villines were swept off a low water crossing. 

Last week, Allen Buberwa, 22, a North Arkansas College student drowned in the Buffalo National River. 

Firefighter out on Crooked Creek trained to save people swept away in fast-moving waters.

“There have been numerous incidents in the city limits that we have had to go to people washing off or be stranded in the middle of a bridge, we also help the park service whenever they have trouble on the Buffalo River.”

Harrison Firefighters say on average they have about three incidents each year in the city where someone needs rescuing after getting trapped by swift water. 

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