To say that there were some tense moments in Delphos on Tuesday is a tremendous understatement.
A nearly 4 hour long ordeal for emergency service providers from Delphos, Allen, Putnam and Van Wert counties, as well as a couple of state agencies, began with a call indicating 3 boys had been seen playing in the waters of rain swollen Flatfork Creek at the city’s south edge.
When located, I’m told those 3 said there were 3 to 4 other boys who’d been playing in or near the water but they didn’t know where they were.
What followed was an extensive search in the water, along the creek, from the ground, and the air, as emergency responders hoped they would be able to rescue the youths they thought were missing.
When the 3 boys were re-interviewed yesterday afternoon, it was determined that there actually hadn’t been any other youngsters in the creek and the search was then suspended.
The communications I heard between multiple agencies working together in the search was tremendous, and when it was through, you could almost hear the collective sigh of relief in the community.
Fortunately, the story had a happy ending this time.
But with many of the areas rivers and streams likely to remain at bankfull for the next several days, it’s probably a good time to remind kids and grand kids that they’re not good places to play.
That’s the way I see it.