Lacey Fire District 3 rescued or helped six adults from the Nisqually River Thursday evening, Battalion Chief Tim Hulse said Sunday.
About 7 p.m. Thursday, the fire district’s swift water team responded to a woman, near the railroad trestle, who got separated from her inner-tube and then clung to a snag in the middle of the river.
But the rescue didn’t stop there, Hulse said.
Four bystanders entered the water to help the woman, but they wound up needing to be rescued, too, he said.
The fire district also helped a woman who was stuck on the far side of the river.
No one was wearing a life vest, he said.
Everyone was cold and wet, but no one was injured.
“Folks aren’t prepared for the conditions,” Hulse said, adding that the Nisqually River is cold and its water speeds vary.
It is shaping up to be a busy year for Lacey Fire District 3, he said.
Emergency calls to the district are up 10 percent so far over last year. Hulse said that increase might be due to community growth or the recent stretch of summer-like weather.
A video of the water rescue can be seen on the Lacey Fire District 3 Facebook page.