AUBURN – Auburn police and fire personnel rescued six teenagers from the town’s water diversion tunnel Sunday afternoon.
At 4:15 p.m., the Auburn Public Safety Communications Center received a 911 from the teenagers, who said that they were in the diversion tunnel somewhere between Curtis Street and Southold Road, the Auburn Fire Department announced in a Facebook post.
“They had made their way out to the tunnel and became cold and wet and were not able to make it back to land on their own,” the Auburn Fire Department said.
The communications center pinged one of the teen’s cell phones for their exact location, then dispatched fire and police units.
Once the teens were located, they were helped back to a sloped edge, where a rope was used to hoist them to dry land.
“They were wet, cold and had some minor scratches but had no injuries and did not require transport to a hospital,” said the Auburn Fire Department.
There were varying responses to the rescue efforts from area residents on Facebook:
“Kids today? We used to go from the bowl on Southbridge St. to the other end by the old Fair. Toughen up kids,” Junior Barnes, an Auburn resident, said in response to the Auburn Police Department’s Facebook post announcing the rescue.
Meanwhile, in response to the Auburn Fire Department’s post, Maegan Tetrault said, “They did the right thing by calling for help instead of trying to hide it and make it out on their own. Kids will be kids but asking for help when needed is important. Nice job by all involved.❤️”
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