TIPPECANOE COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) - A ride down the Wildcat Creek that could have turned dangerous is making two little girls think about what they will do next time.
"Make sure that you wear life jackets, and make sure you're with a parent," 13-year-old Melanie Marchand said.
Marchand and her 10-year-old sister, Allie, were playing with their pool noodles at the Tippecanoe County creek Tuesday afternoon when they were swept away in the current.
Indiana Conservation Officer Josh Schoon said when family members could not catch up to the sisters they called 911.
"I got the call while I was at the sheriff's department," Schoon said. "I was standing in dispatch when the call came in. The Tippecanoe County Sheriff's Dive Team got paged out, as well as, Lafayette Fire Dive Team."
Family members said the girls were floating for about a half hour. Schoon found them near the Wildcat Valley subdivision.
"I was able to find a spot down stream with their foot prints," Schoon said. "They had gone up shore then gone back into the water, and floated further down. I was able to see some houses on the sandbar where they had finally came to rest."
"We were scared and I tried to tell her, 'It's OK, don't panic,'" Marchand said.
Schoon said no laws were broken in this case.
"What our take on whether a life jacket is needed is if someone is transporting themselves down stream on any kind of device they have to have a life jacket," Schoon said. "In this case they were just swimming here."
The Marchand girls thanked the crews when they were reunited with their family. The girls' mom asked her daughters if they learned anything, and the girls said, yes, they did.
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