Teen Saved From Raging Floodwaters

Tuesday, August 16, 2011 - 11:00am

Boy held onto tree until rescuers could reach him.

Rushing floodwaters left a teenager clinging to a tree in south New Jersey Monday as crews rushed to rescue him.

Emergency crews were called to Collings Lakes around 5:30 p.m. amidst reports of a teen clutching a tree branch as water rushed by him.

Kevin Reed was stuck in the rushing current from a broken dam between Braddock and Cushman Lakes as firefighters from several local agencies worked to rescue him.

New Jersey State Police were also on the scene but didn't participate in the actual rescue.

Reed was able to shimmy himself up the tree, but was still being hit by the raging water, witnesses said.

By 6:30 p.m. it appeared rescuers had reached Reed and were trying to free him from the rushing waters.

A few minutes later the teen was out of the water and able to walk to a nearby clearing with the help of authorities.

He was then put on a stretcher and taken to a local hospital for evaluation.

Reed's condition wasn't immediately released.

When it was all over Reed had spent about one and half hours clinging to the tree, according to witnesses.

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