- Associated Press - Monday, January 5, 2015

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (AP) - A Middle Tennessee teen is facing a charge of reckless endangerment after crews were called out to a water rescue.

The Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office told media that 18-year-old Clinton Cole Powers drove into rushing water covering part of a roadway Sunday and his truck ended up in Stones River.

A statement from the agency says Powers was rescued by swift water technicians from the Emergency Medical Services’ Special Operations Response Team.

“The swift water technicians negotiated the swift water rapids and paddled into the eddy behind the vehicle to rescue the victim,” Adam Rose, the Special Operations Response Team’s supervisor, said in the statement.

A passenger in the truck, 21-year-old Brentan Mihm, swam to shore.

“Both victims were very lucky they did not drown today,” Sheriff Robert Arnold said. “There were two high water signs posted and the water was up and unstoppable.”

Rose said it’s safer to not cross a water-covered road.

“If there are any questions on the roadway - if it’s moving or still water - don’t try to cross it,” Rose said. “Water weighs 62 pounds per cubic foot, and that just keeps pushing and pushing. (Water) six inches (deep) will push your truck off the road.”

When rescue crews arrived, they found Powers on top on his partially submerged truck.

Powers told Deputy Mark Parsons that he didn’t know the water covering the road was so deep.

“The water was about 3 feet deep,” Parsons said in the statement. “It was rapid. It was moving.”

It was the second time within a month that crews have been called out for a water rescue at the same location.

Two children and two adults were rescued in December, and Arnold said he is having discussions with election officials about addressing the problem of drivers crossing the swift river.

“We don’t want to lose any citizens or paramedics, firefighters or sheriff’s deputies in the river,” Arnold said. “That’s my biggest fear.”

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