A float trip down Coal Creek Thursday nearly ended in disaster for two juveniles.
The pair were taking advantage of the flooded creek in a canoe that got tangled up in brush and overturned throwing them into the cold, muddy water.
Henryetta firemen and police had already been told about the two and were on the scene within minutes pulling them to safety.
"We train for incidents like this and are happy everything turned out the way it did," said fire chief David Bullard.  The last time firemen were called for a similar situation was about a year ago when two people had to be pulled from the Deep Fork river when it flooded.
"This could have been a tragedy," said police chief Steve Norman. "Coal Creek is not a place for people to be floating in. Even when it has high water there are so many underwater dangers that can snag a boat or canoe. These two were fortunate that our departments are trained for such incidents and ready to help."
Firemen were given four swift water rescue packs that include cold water suits, throw bags and special life jackets by Okmulgee County Emergency Management to use for these rescues.
"That water was cold and, if no one knew the teens were in the water, they could have sustained hypothermia and drowned within a matter of minutes," Bullard said.