Canoe Capsizes On James River

By: Jaclyn Piermarini Email
By: Jaclyn Piermarini Email

April 17, 2014

A close call today for a group canoeing on the James River.

Two adults and three children flipped over going through the rapids in high water.

The high river levels and the cold water made for a dangerous combination when the canoe they were in capsized.

One of the adults was able to catch the canoe and make it to the shore in order to call for help. Meanwhile the other adult and the three children were stranded on an island in the middle of the river.

Swift water rescue teams deployed from downstream.

It took them around half an hour to get upstream and find the adult and children - and rescue them off the island - and get them back to the shore safely.

The river level is currently at 8.8 feet.

Most area river rafters will not operate when the levels are above 5.8 feet.

The accident is still under investigation. The victims refused medical transport and reported no injuries.

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