Swimmer rescued from swift current at Rockford Beach in Jefferson County

Big River has strong undercurrents that make swimming dangerous.

JEFFERSON COUNTY, Mo. – Sunday evening a group of teens and young adults were swimming in the Big River upriver from the dam around 6:30 p.m. when a swimmer in his 20s was swept away by a strong current.

He was able to grab hold of a rock before going over the waterfall.

The High Ridge and Eureka Fire Protection Districts were summoned to the scene. A rope was thrown to the young man for the swimmer to hold onto while a rescue swimmer was to deployed to retrieve man and bring him back to shore.

The man was evaluated by an EMS crew on the scene.