DOUGLASS, Kansas -- Butler County emergency crews managed to save all 10 children and the driver after their school bus was washed off the road into a creek Thursday afternoon. They said they would have been prepared even if the bus had been filled to capacity.
Emergency crews had no idea just how intense the situation really was until they arrived on scene just after 4 p.m. Thursday.
When they arrived to a school bus rolled over on its side with several kids just standing on the windows to stay out of the rushing waters beneath them, rescuers say they immediately set up operations to bring everyone to safety.
"It was a traumatic sight for any school age parent," Lt. Tim Follis of the August Department of Public Safety said. "But for the Augusta rescue crews they were trained and knew exactly what to do."
Lt. Follis' team was able to quickly assess the situation before setting up their operations.
"It's designed for swift water," Follis said. "We set it up with lines so we could transport across the swift water into the bus and we load the kids onto that once we have their life jackets on and move them back to the shore so we can get them off."
A total of eight rescuers from the Augusta dive team took part in the rescue. Team members are highly trained and are required to keep up with their training every year. Follis says for now his team will clean off the rescue equipment to make sure it's ready to go the next time they're called out.
The students on the school bus were not injured.
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