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« on: July 24, 2017, 08:36:15 AM »

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DOWNE TWP. -- Three people were rescued late Sunday afternoon from a Cumberland County marsh after they became stranded when they sought shelter from an approaching waterspout, authorities said.

"They said it (the waterspout) literally came within 10 feet of them," said Downe Township Fire Co. and Dive Team Chief Cliff Higbee.

The drama unfolded along the Delaware around 4:30 when a line of thunderstorms swept through the area from across the Delaware Bay.

A woman, her boyfriend and her young daughter set out from the area of the Turkey Point Bridge for what they thought would be an afternoon of canoeing and crabbing, the chief said.

As storms swept into the area a waterspout formed and made its way over the marsh were the three were in their boat. Seeing the waterspout approaching, they made their way to a bank in a "finger ditch" off of the main Fortescue Creek, Higbee said.


"They did everything right," Highbee said. The mother and daughter got out of the canoe and onto the marsh bank while the man stayed in the canoe so it didn't float away.

The three, from Franklinville in neighboring Gloucester County, did not want to be identified, Higbee said.


Along with the Downe Township Fire Co. and Dive Team, the Dividing Creek Fire Co., Port Norris Fire Co. and Millville rescue squad were dispatched.

What made it difficult for both the canoers and the rescue crews was that it was low tide -- and the tide was extremely low because of the new moon, leaving little water for the boats to maneuver in, the chief said.

Higbee said much of the credit for the rescue goes to the Cumberland County 911 Center dispatchers who kept in contact with the lost boaters on their cell phone, making it possible for rescue crews to locate the three. After about 45 minutes of searching, Higbee rescuers saw a pole with a life preserver on top and found them.


The rare water spout stemmed from a "strong, low-level circulation" near a warm front, the same conditions that produce tornadoes, said National Weather Service Meteorologist Walt Drag.

"If it was over land, it would've been a tornado," Drag said.

He said the waterspout that formed over the Delaware Bay was reported at 4:05 p.m. It only lasted for one minute and was associated with a small thunderstorm that included 40 to 50 mile per hour winds.

Drag said no injuries or damage resulted from the water spout.


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« Reply #1 on: July 24, 2017, 08:58:10 AM »

That's a story they may be telling for the rest of their lives.  Glad no one was hurt.
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