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Person rescued from Smith River in Henry County

The approximate location of where the person was rescued on Sunday evening. PHOTO: Google Maps

HENRY COUNTY, VA – A person was rescued Sunday evening in a swift-water rescue operation in Henry County.

At around 5:20 p.m., emergency services were called to the 1000 block of Meeks Road for a person in distress.

Once first responders arrived, they say they walked into the woods and found the patient along the Smith River on a rock.

The Ridgeway District Volunteer Rescue Squad responded with units 600, 601, 631, 635, 636, and Boat6, which include an all-terrain vehicle.

Boat6 was launched into the river and found the patient was “immobilized,” according to the Ridgeway rescue squad.

The patient was taken to shore, was removed from the woods and transported to a local hospital for treatment.

“We are thankful for the community support that allows us to outfit and train our special operations team members for responses like this. We take huge pride in the services we provide the citizens of the Town of Ridgeway and Henry County, Virginia,” the rescue squad wrote in a Facebook post.

Assistance was provided by the Ridgeway District Volunteer Fire Department, the Henry County Department of Public Safety, and the Virginia Department of Wildlife Resources.

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