Two people were rescued Saturday evening, May 20, 2017, from the Little Miami River in Sugarcreek Twp.

Crews rescue 2 from Little Miami River in Sugarcreek Twp.

UPDATE @ 8:15 p.m.

Two people had to be rescued this evening from the Little Miami River in Sugarcreek Twp. after they lost their boat in the swift-moving water.

“Our crews were dispatched to individuals trapped on the river here on the Little Miami River,” Sugarcreek Twp. Fire Chief Jeff Leaming said.

Initially, rescuers were told they were south of the Lower Bellbrook Road bridge, but they actually were north of the bridge.

A rescue boat from Xenia Twp. was launched from Bellbrook Canoe Rental, 3234 Washington Mill Road.

“The individuals were not hurt, they were just in high water on an island in relative safety wearing floating devices, or life jackets, so our crews from Xenia Twp. extracted them from that island and brought them back to safety here at the canoe livery,” Leaming said.

Two others with the pair were able to make it to shore on their own. There were no injuries.

This is the second rescue on the river in the last two to three weeks, Lt. Bradd Whitley of the Sugarcreek Twp. Fire Department said.

The river was high after recent heavy rains, and Whitley estimated currents between 10 and 15 mph. 

“It’s not safe at all,” he said. “If you’re not trained or never been in swift water I would advise not to go in.”

Fast Moving Water on the Little Miami at Bellbrook Canoe rental

UPDATE @ 7 p.m.

Two people were rescued, and no injuries are reported, according to crews on scene.

They were taken to the Bellbrook Canoe Rental along the river.


A water rescue is underway in the Little Miami River in Sugarcreek Twp., Greene County.

According to initial reports, there are at least two people in the water off the 2900 block of Lower Bellbrook Road.

Boats are being deployed from area rescue units.

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