WCFR accomplish a high water rescue

Warren County Fire and Rescue Logo. Used by permission by Warren County Deputy Director of Emergency Services Brian Foley

Warren County Fire and Rescue (WCFR) report accomplishing a high-water rescue on the swollen Shenandoah River January 28.

Around 3 o’clock the afternoon of Sunday, January 28, three people were kayaking on the river near Shenandoah Farms’ boat landing when their kayaks capsized.

One person was able to swim to shore and called 911 from a nearby residence’s home.

Emergency personnel on arrival found an adult male and child in the water approximately 80 feet from shore.

A downstream safety area was established while additional personnel launched a boat off a nearby private boat ramp.

Both individuals were rescued and taken back to shore for Emergency Medical Personnel evaluation.

All were treated for cold water and weather exposure but refused transportation to the hospital.

Along with the Warren County Sheriff’s Office personnel from Shenandoah Farms, Rivermont, North and South Warren, Linden, and Front Royal fire and rescue responded.

Personnel were able to perform the rescue in under an hour.

Flood waters are likely to remain for several days after the rains and snow melt over the past few days.

Caution is advised if you plan to attempt boating on flooded waters.

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