Drama on creek: Kayaker rescued after mishap on the Conewango

Photo provided by Michael Bogniak Members of the Glade Volunteer Fire Department rescue the woman in the creek.
Photo by Heather Cathcart-Norris Rescuers head out on Conewango Creek.

Thursday morning, a leisurely paddle quickly turned into an emergency water rescue, as three local women found themselves in a frightening situation while kayaking the Conewango Creek. A strainer overturned one of their boats, leaving the paddler stranded on a log with her kayak and life jacket pinned under logs.

The women assessed their friend’s situation and decided that it was not safe for her to leave the log and unsafe for them to attempt to provide aid.

One of the women called for a water rescue on her cell phone around 11:15, and first responders were quickly on the scene. Glade and Warren City FD’s rescue boats were launched from Big Four Road in Russell. They located and safely retrieved the woman, returning her to land without incident.

The woman was uninjured, and her friends were able to make it to the Big Four Road launch to reunite. The woman stated that she was really embarrassed but grateful to those who provided a quick and safe rescue. “Wear your life vest; mine was on my lap. Learn from my mistake,” she said.

Before noon, the rescue was made by the Glade Volunteer Fire Department. Russell Volunteer Fire Department assisted as did the Warren City Fire Department.


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