MECHANIC FALLS, Maine - A dramatic water rescue happened Tuesday afternoon, after a teen and a boy got stranded on some rocks. This happened in the fast-flowing Little Androscoggin River.
The two were stuck for more than an hour after dangerous current knocked them off a a rafting tube. Rescue crews saved them just before 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday.
Only one of stranded tubers was wearing a life jacket.
Auburn Fire Chief Frank Roma had the drone that captured this video. He took it to take photos, but ended up using it as an important tool in the rescue.
"We used the drone to fly a tag line out to the young man that was on the rock, we instructed him to untie and to pull life jacket over to him," said Roma.
Once they had on the proper safety gear, crews threw a rope out to them, connected to their rescue boat and entered the water.
The young boy was taken off the rocks first. After the boy was safe, crews went back for the teen. Neither was hurt.
Officials say they hope this serves as a reminder to stay away from dangerous water.