Murfreesboro water rescue takes unexpected turn

Camille Jones and first responders (Courtesy: Murfreesboro Fire & Rescue Department)
Camille Jones and first responders (Courtesy: Murfreesboro Fire & Rescue Department)

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WKRN) – A water rescue in Murfreesboro took an unexpected turn Saturday when one of the first responders turned out to be the brother-in-law of the woman in need.

Officials received the call for help around 11:30 a.m. They were told a woman was kayaking when her boat filled with water.

The victim, Camille Jones, says she was with her husband and father-in-law at the time. They started on Searcy Street without any issues; however, the current grew stronger down the river, pushing her kayak into a tree.

Jones saw an opening for her to exit, but before she knew it, her boat was filling with water. Her husband quickly called 911.

“Luckily, I was in a grove and was able to stand to wait on rescuers,” explained Jones.

To her surprise, one of those rescuers turned out to be her brother-in-law, Gill. Jones says she was a little embarrassed when she saw a family member come to help.

“I’m never going to live this down,” she joked.

The twist to the story didn’t stop there. The kayak Jones was in actually belonged to Gill’s wife, Rachel.

“Everything just happened to work out for the best in this situation,” said Murfreesboro Fire & Rescue Department Captain Clay Walls. “We are very happy about the favorable outcome, even if there will be a little laughter at Mrs. Jones’ expense.”

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