Special equipment used to save baby at Lake Atalanta

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A rescue is underway at Lake Atalanta for what emergency crews call a "long fall."

UPDATE: A mother and baby were assisted by firefighters Wednesday night, July 31.

First-responders said the mother accidentally lost control of the stroller she was pushing with her child strapped in. The stroller fell approximately 100-feet off an embankment.

A tree blocking the path prevented the baby from falling into water, firefighters said.

The mother and a witness raced to the baby’s side, but ended up getting stuck at the bottom of the embankment.

Firefighters said the mother broke her ankle and injured her face. The baby and witness sustained no injuries.

A tool known as a multi-purpose device was used to get the group safely and quickly out of the embankment.

Capt. Josh Chapman with the Rogers Fire Department explained the use of the tool and said, “You (first-responders) go from a lowering and raising system.. but an MPD (multi-purpose device) makes it so our come change over from lowering to raising and back down is much, much faster.”


ORIGINAL STORY:

ROGERS, Ark. (KNWA) — First-responders are rescuing people who fell at Lake Atalanta.

Police and firefighters said they were dispatched Wednesday, July 31, to the lake, 120 N. Lake Atalanta Road shortly after 8 p.m. for a technical rescue.

Chief Tom Jenkins with the Rogers Fire Department said firefighters are responding to reports of a “long fall”.

Photo Courtesy: Lariza Warren

Jenkins said it’s reported that several people are hurt but no serious injuries were reported as of 8:20 p.m.

This is a developing story.

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