Water Rescue in Lexington

By: Elizabeth Dorsett Email
By: Elizabeth Dorsett Email
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Two men are recovering after a footbridge they were standing on collapsed into a creek overnight at the Pennington Place Apartments.

The 19-year-old Dewayne Marlar and 18-year old Robert Lockheart were returning to their apartment on Codell Drive when the bridge gave way.

Police and firefighters were called to the scene just before 1 A.M. Rescue workers were able to pull the two from the waters.

EMS workers said one of the men was complaining about back pain and they were concerned both may have suffered hypothermia because of the temperature of the water.

Both were treated at a hospital, but have since been released.

Police are investigating to see how the bridge collapsed.


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  • by Angie Location: Lexington,Ky. on Nov 1, 2007 at 05:40 PM
    Dewayne is my son and Robert is his best friend! Both boys wer seriously injured in the fall which should and was preventable, had it not been faulty in the first place, however due to the lack of the property management of Pennington Place had done their job in the first place by having the bridge inspected had they have done that they have known for along time that the bridge was unsafe, however they meaning(Pennington Place), did not do anything about it, they ignored the FACT THAT THE BRIDGE WAS LIKELY TO COLLAPSE AND IT DID!!!! MY SON DEWAYNE AND HIS BEST FRIEND ROBERT WAS AND IS SERIOUSLY INJURED DUE TO THE FALL AND BOTH OF THEM HAVE TO GO TO THE HOSPITAL AND TO THE DOCTOR DUE TO THE INJURIES AND ALL THE PAIN THEY ARE STILL SUFFERING SEVERELY!!!! IF YOU ARE GOING TO POST A COMMENT REGARDING THIS INCIDENT WHICH DOES INVOLVE MY SON(DEWAYNE), THEN GET YOUR FACTS RIGHT, ANYONE POSTING A COMMENT HAD BETTER KNOW WHAT THEY ARE TALKING ABOUT, IF NOT KEEP YOUR KEYBOARD TURNED OFF!!!!!!!!!!
  • by Anonymous on Oct 28, 2007 at 07:10 PM
    well a friend of mine was there on the scene and the water was at least 5ft and they were in the hospital till next moring and one was injured with back problems so how do you explain the bridge not falling when its been like that for months!
  • by Anonymous on Oct 27, 2007 at 09:52 PM
    The bridge is about 5 to 6 feet above the ground.. At the time there was about 4 to 5 feet of gushing water.. And to mention it was freezing.. They got hypertherma..All of there injuries are very serious!
  • by Anonymous Location: lexington on Oct 27, 2007 at 09:48 PM
    Actually.. One of the boys has a broken bone in his spine.. So its not just about Dollar sign.. Everyone that live in pennignton Place Know how unsafe that bridge was.. The boys are really hurt.
  • by Anonymous on Oct 26, 2007 at 09:06 AM
    Exactly!! Sounds like they new exactly what they were doing.. There is not that much water under that bridge. I'm sure they could have gotten out. The bridge isn't that high up either. LAWSUIT!!!!
  • by Anonymous on Oct 25, 2007 at 03:14 PM
    They could have took one big step and crossed that little puddle of water. Look for a lawsuit to follow very shortly. You can't tell me that they couldn't get up from the water. Their injuries couldn't be too bad. They were released from the hospital within a couple of hours. The bridge fell and they saw dollar signs.
  • by Chelsea Location: Somerset on Oct 25, 2007 at 02:33 PM
    oh gosh lol. That's my cousin that fell in the water (Dewayne) lol.
  • by Anonymous Location: Kentucky on Oct 25, 2007 at 10:02 AM
    Tip to anonymous.....If one young man could have drowned which was very likely had a another person not seen them, thats a water rescue..... If your going to make comments at least be smart. This bridge was very unsafe!!!! And has been for a least 6 months
  • by Anonymous on Oct 25, 2007 at 03:30 AM
    water rescue? You make it sound worse than it was. Dont get me wrong, it was a bad accident but it was far from a water rescue!
  • by amc Location: lexington on Oct 24, 2007 at 11:09 AM
    The FAULTY BRIDGE is the LEAST OF THE LIFE THREATENING issue @ Pennington Place. ALL the apartments are in substandard condition and essentially unlivable. River Oak Management of Chicago takes no responsibility for the property and the local management is irresponsible
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