Two Boys Rescued from Little Sioux River by High School Tennis Coach

Two 12-year-old boys were swept away by a flooded walking trail in Spencer, Nebraska, and clung to a utility pole in the Little Sioux River. Coach Evan Scheck rescued them, guiding one to shore and using a floatation device to rescue the second with the help of law enforcement.

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Two Boys Rescued from Little Sioux River by High School Tennis Coach

Two Boys Rescued from Little Sioux River by High School Tennis Coach

On Thursday, May 9, 2024, at approximately 5:00 pm, the Spencer Police Department and Clay County Sheriff's Office responded to a disturbance complaint in the 600 block of 4th St SE in Spencer, Nebraska. Two 12-year-old boys had attempted to ride their bicycles across a flooded walking trail near the footbridge when the current swept them downstream into the Little Sioux River.

Why this matters: This rescue highlights the importance of being aware of and respecting the power of nature, especially during times of flooding. It also underscores the critical role that individuals and first responders play in preventing tragedies and saving lives.

The boys were found clinging to a utility pole in the river, calling out for help. Fortunately, Spencer High School Tennis coach Evan Scheck was nearby and heard their cries. Without hesitation, Scheck entered the water and swam out to the stranded juveniles.

Scheck helped guide one of the boys to shore without assistance. Law enforcement threw a rope with a floatation rescue disk to Scheck, who delivered the device to the second child. "Scheck then guided the child into the water with the floatation device and was pulled to shore by law enforcement," according to Police Chief Mark Warburton.

Both boys escaped without injury, thanks to the quick actions of Coach Evan Scheck and the responding law enforcement agencies. Spencer ambulance was called to the scene as a precautionary measure to assess the boys' conditions.

Spencer Parks and Recreation Director Bob Fullhart reminded the public of the dangers posed by flooded trails and rivers. "When trails are flooded, do not attempt to cross or use them in any way,"Fullhart stated. Authorities emphasize that flooding along rivers is especially hazardous due to rapid currents that can quickly overwhelm even strong swimmers.

The rescue of the two 12-year-old boys from the Little Sioux River in Spencer, Nebraska, highlights the bravery and quick thinking of individuals like Coach Evan Scheck. His actions, along with the swift response of local law enforcement, averted what could have been a tragic outcome. As the community reflects on this incident, it serves as a poignant reminder of the power of human compassion and the importance of heeding warnings about the dangers of flooded areas.