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Vermont Woman Rescued from River



Vt. State Police - 1:55 am Thu Jul 18th, 2013

On the above date and time, Vermont State Police were advised of a lone female located in the Brown's River adjacent to 41 VT Rte 15 (the Chittenden Mill/Old Red Mill) in the town of Jericho.

Witnesses at the scene reported they initially heard someone yelling for help and upon arriving in the area of "the falls" they observed a female holding onto a large rock bolder in the middle of the river.
Investigators later determined that Barber arrived at the scene and subsequently fell in upstream from the falls. Due to the force of the water, Barber was carried downstream a short distance before being able to grab ahold of one of the rock bolders at the bottom of the falls.
Rescue personnel from Underhill/Jericho Fire & Rescue, Essex Fire Department, Essex Police Department, and Colchester Technical Rescue (among others) responded to the scene and worked to extricate Barber from the area. Adding complications to the rescue was that the rock where Barber came to rest was approx. 40-50 feet below the Rte 15 bridge/overpass and flanked by steep embankments on both sides.
Barber was later transported to Fletcher Allen Hospital where she is being evaluated for known facial lacerations, possible fractures and other injuries
sustained in the incident.
Due to Barber's proximity to the roadway, VT Rte. 15 was closed during this incident to allow rescue personnel to work safely and in the most efficient manner to make the rescue.
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Sgt. Bob Lucas
Patrol Commander
Williston Barracks
2777 St. George Rd.
Williston, VT 05495
802-878-7111 (office)
802-878-2742 (fax)
robert.j.lucas@state.vt.us<mailto:robert.j.lucas@state.vt.us>
State of Vermont | Vermont Department of Public Safety
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CASE#: 13A102783
TROOPER: Sgt. R.J. Lucas
STATION: VSP Williston
CONTACT#: 802.878.7111
DATE/TIME:07/17/13 at approx. 2140 hours
LOCATION: (street, exit, or mile marker and town) 41 VT Rte 15, Jericho, VT
VIOLATION: NONE
INVOLVED: Barber, Shelby
AGE: 20 yrs
RESIDENCE: North Hero, VT

Relevant Address(es):
St George, VT 05495 (Set as Local)
Essex, VT 05452 (Set as Local)
Fletcher, VT 05444 (Set as Local)
Chittenden, VT 05737 (Set as Local)
Jericho, VT 05465 (Set as Local)
Colchester, VT 05446 (Set as Local)
North Hero, VT 05474 (Set as Local)
Williston, VT 05495 (Set as Local)

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