3 inner tubers rescued after being caught in Z Dam current

RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — Three people were rescued without injury Sunday after getting stuck in the hydraulic at Z Dam near Williams Island in Richmond.

The incident happened when three people in inner tubes went over the dam and got stuck in the strong, circular current.

According to a paper written on dam safety, hydraulic currents create “conditions sufficient to trap and drown victims immediately downstream from the overflowing water.”

A water rescue ensued, and all three people involved were able to be rescued without further incident or injury.

Image courtesy of James River Association

A map published by the James River Association advises inexperienced paddlers to go around the dam, and experienced paddlers to do the same when the water is above 5 feet deep. This also applies to people in inner tubes floating the river.

The National Weather Service predicted the water level to be just above four feet today.

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