Fire rescue crews brought a family of five to safety Monday evening after their boat motor failed and they teetered on the edge of the Goose Creek Reservoir dam in Ashburn.
The rescue began at about 5:30 p.m. when a man called 911, saying he and his family were stranded after their boat drifted to the top of the 20-foot-tall spillway.
Fire and Rescue units from Ashburn, Lansdowne and Leesburg were dispatched along with rescue boats from Leesburg, Cascades and Lucketts. They found the boat on the edge of the damn two adults and three small children. The occupants combated the swift moving current by sitting in the bow to prevent the boat from falling over the spillway.
Crews first tried to reach the family using an aerial ladder, but it wouldn’t reach. Other rescue worker set up below the dam in case the boat went over.
Once a water rescue team arrived, a boat and crew towed the small boat safely to shore. No injuries were reported.
Chief Keith Brower praised the work of the rescue crews. “Swift water rescue incidents are among the most dangerous activity we perform. In this case, five lives were saved due to the combined efforts of the men and women of our Fire and Rescue System,” he said. “I am extremely proud of their efforts.”