COLORADO SPRINGS — Firefighters with the Colorado Springs Fire Department's Heavy Rescue Team pulled two children to safety this afternoon after they became trapped on a rock in the middle of Sand Creek. The firefighters are specially trained in swift water rescues, among other disciplines. They were able to wade out into the water and bring the kids to safety.
Lt. Aaron McConnellogue said the sunny weather during the rescue was deceiving considering how much water was flowing through the creek because of the afternoon storms.
"They were on a rock in a fairly safe location, but we're still getting lots of water that's coming from the north end of town," McConnellogue said. "So, while it's sunny and dry here as things are raining up north that's what's creating these flash flood conditions. It certainly creates challenges for us."
The kids were treated by paramedics at the scene and released. Earlier in the afternoon, there was a report that someone had fallen in the water near Cottonwood Creek Park several miles north of this scene.
No one was found at that location.