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Kayakers Rescued in Bowie - June 19, 2009

For Immediate Release: June 19, 2009
Contact: Erroll George, Spokesperson, 240-832-5761
www.princegeorgescountymd.gov/FireEMS/ (Homepage)
www.pgfireems.com (Newsroom)

Several Kayakers Rescued from the Patuxent River

At approximately 1100 this morning, Fire/EMS Department units from the Bowie and surrounding areas were alerted to reports of several Kayakers stranded on the Patuxent River near Queen Anne Road. Prince George’s County units, along with Fire/EMS units from Anne Arundel County and the Department of Natural Resources, worked together to make sure that all of the kayakers made it safely to shore. Helicopters from the US Park Police and State Police provided visual support from the air.

Initial reports indicated that approximately 10-20 kayaks with a total of 35 kayakers were stranded in their kayaks along the Patuxent River. It was later learned that there were a total of 45 kayakers, some of whom were guides. Several of the kayakers were able to make it to shore without the assistance of rescue boats, others did not go into the water once they were aware of what was going on. There were approximately 20 kayakers who were assisted from their kayaks to land by boat. Some were taken to Queen Anne Landing in Prince George’s County, and some were taken to the Anne Arundel County side of the river. Those taken to the Anne Arundel County side of the river were then brought to the 4H Club. All of the kayakers were accounted for after being taken to the EMS section at the 4H club to be evaluated. There were no reported injuries to any of the kayakers or the rescuers. The ages of the kayakers ranged from approximately 9 years old to 60 years old.

Because of the combined efforts of the different agencies from various jurisdictions, as well as the expertise of the guides on the kayak trip, this was a potentially tragic situation that had a very positive outcome.

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