The Cedar Hill Fire Protection District has received four water-rescue calls at Cedar Hill Park this summer – the latest at 4:45 p.m. July 29, when two male teenagers got trapped in the Big River current, Chief Mick Fischer said.
Fischer said he was the first to arrive on the scene, at 4:46 p.m.
He said a woman had entered the water to help the teenagers, but she, too, got swept up by the current.
Fischer said a man who was at the park when the incident occurred was able to talk to the teenagers and woman and get them to float to shore, and fortunately, no one was injured.
Fischer said the district got only one water-rescue call at the park last year.
“Usually we get one or two every summer at that location,” he said. “I do believe we are going to see more of these types of calls down there.”
Fischer said with some local pools closed because of the COVID-19 pandemic, he believes people are visiting the park to cool off in the river.
He said he does not recommend swimming at the Cedar Hill Park river access, and the Jefferson County Parks and Recreation Department advises against it as well.
“It’s a nice place to sit on the beach and enjoy the scenery or fish,” Fischer said. “It’s not a good place to swim.”
One of the four water-rescue calls at the park this summer was on July 5, when Kasey Schmeiderer, 34, of House Spring drowned while swimming there, Fischer said.
The parks department also advises against swimming in the Big River at Rockford Beach in House Springs, where local firefighters have responded to at least five water-rescue calls this season.