Stranded canoeists rescued from Kansas River

By Tim Hrenchir
Topeka Capital Journal – May 26, 2015

Two Kansas River canoeists who found themselves unable to make it to shore were rescued east of the river’s Belvue boat ramp late Monday by Manhattan firefighters in the Pottawatomie County Sheriff’s Office’s rescue boat, said Sheriff Greg Riat.

Authorities weren’t releasing the names of the pair, whom Riat said were released after being treated for signs of hypothermia by Pottawatomie County emergency medical services.

Riat said the sheriff’s office received a report at 9:45 p.m. that that canoeists were stranded on the river east of the Belvue ramp.

“The two individuals had been attempting to make it back to the Belvue boat ramp but were unable to because of the hazardous conditions of the river,” he said.

Various law enforcement, emergency management and firefighters were sent to the scene, where the two were located and rescued further east of the ramp, Riat said.

He said the Kansas River rescue was the second in two weeks in Pottawatomie County, with the other occurring during the late evening on May 16.

Riat said, “The sheriff’s office urges those persons using the Kansas River for recreational purposes to take into consideration the weather and river conditions. Both of these rescues involved rain, lighting and high water with debris floating in the river, making for hazardous condition for the rescuers.”

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