North Lincoln Fire Rescue is scrambling and heading to 2509 Three Rocks Road on a report that a kayaker drifting without a paddle (he lost it). The Coast Guard has been called but they say the area in question is probably too shallow for their motorlifeboat.
One fireman says he can see somebody waving a flashlight from out of the dark. Don’t know if it’s the kayaker. Checking to see from the reporting party whether the guy has a cellphone on him.
Fire rescue reports the man’s wife and children are on the south bank of the Salmon River. They say the man is stranded without a paddle. The tide is out so it’s likely the Coast Guard will be prevented from motoring upriver to rescue him. Thus far no word on a Coast Guard helo which could probably pluck him up in 90 seconds. But North Lincoln Fire seems intent to get the job done themselves.
Fire rescue has the area lit up and they can see the kayaker. Now they just have to get enough people together to get out there and grab him.
Rescue Command is now wondering whether access to the kayaker would be easier through Camp Westwind. Others are checking out whether it would be better to use Knight Park on the other side of the river as a staging area.
A group of Westwind staff is walking toward the area where the kayaker is stranded. It’s pitch dark so they need to be able to size up the area to know which direction to come in from – from the south bank or the north bank.
Westwind staff says they’re probably ten minutes away from the kayaker.
Sheriff’s Search and Rescue are with the kayaker.
Sheriff’s Search and Rescue says they’re getting the kayaker back on solid ground. North Lincoln Fire-Rescue can stand down.