Indiana Conservation Officers made a water rescue in the evening of April 2, 2014 in Brown County. At approximately 8:00 PM yesterday evening Melissa Shaffer 52, of New Haven, IN was travelling on Grandview Rd in Brown County. Her Ford Explorer became stalled in high water just south of Bellsville Pike. She was travelling with her 12 yo son and his 11 yo friend. The two young boys were able to climb onto the top of the vehicle through the sunroof, however Ms. Shaffer was not able to exit the vehicle.
When first responders arrived on scene the water was at the vehicles headlights. Indiana Conservation Officer Joe Tenbarge was able to put on his dry suit and PFD, use a safety rope and wade out to the stranded vehicle. He carried the two boys to safety and then assisted Ms. Shaffer through the water to dry land. In the time it took to get the victims to safety, the water had risen to cover the hood of the Explorer. Read more