Girl, 8, rescued in McKercher rapids – second such incident in four days

Just a few days after a 10-year-old boy’s dramatic rescue required the efforts of more than a dozen bystanders on Aug. 1, a second child became trapped in the rapids of the Calapooia River at McKercher Park.

On Aug. 4 at 4:30 p.m., an 8-year-old girl got stuck in the same location as the boy did three days earlier. Bystanders were able to free the girl before rescuers arrived.

According to a news release from Sweet Home Fire Department, a log wedged underwater was the cause of both entrapments.

The fire department asks that visitors to McKercher Park and other areas with swift water be very cautious, and that visitors avoid the specific spot where swimmers have recently become trapped.

The Linn County Sheriff Office has referred the information to the Linn County Parks Department, which maintains the park, and Sweet Home Fire Dive Team members have volunteered to assist in the removal of the hazardous log.