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Overturned Kayak in River Sends Emergency Responders to the Scene

May 3, 2011

05/04/11 Emergency responders were dispatched to the back of River Park just off Baker Street Tuesday morning when a concerned citizen located an overturned kayak in the Yellow River.  Plymouth Police, Fire and EMS located the kayak partially submerged in the river and several feet from the shoreline.

Several options were tried to grab the boat without actually wading in the high water.  Eventually emergency responders from the fire department lassoed the kayak and drug it to shore.  There was on one in the boat and it appeared that on one was around it.

The Culver Dive Team arrived on scene and drove their motor boat up and down the river for several trips looking for someone on the banks or in the water.  The only thing they located was a paddle.

Police Chief Jim Cox said emergency responders were dispatched Sunday at 3:15 p.m. to the area behind the sledding hill in Centennial Park for an overturned kayak in the river.  Crews located the boat and owner who had been kayaking in the river, even though the water was high from the flooding.  That owner said that a second kayak had gotten away higher up river.

Emergency crews are urging boaters to let someone know where they are going and approximately when they will be home.  If they lose their boat, canoe, or kayak they should contact the Marshall County Sheriff’s Department with the information to avoid unnecessary dangers to emergency responders.  It was also suggested that the owner mark their property.

The kayak located on Tuesday had DNR Lake permit numbers but they cannot be tracked.  An address or phone number would be helpful to emergency responders.

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