Nixa Firefighters Save Kayakers From Swollen River

Nixa firefighters started their Thursday with a water rescue on the James River.

Two teenage kayakers flipped their crafts south of the Delaware Town access point in the swollen river.

According to officials, the two were in a part of the river that had no direct access from roads when they capsized. The female kayaker was able to hang on to a tree in the river while the male was able to reach the riverbank.

Both were wearing lifejackets.

One kayaker had her cell phone and was able to call 911 for help. The 911 center was able to determine her location via GIS coordinates which helped speed up their rescue.

“Both were rescued by boat and taken down stream to the Shelvin Rock Access where the female was evaluated by EMS but was not transported,” Nixa Assistant Chief Whitney Weaver told OI. “Battlefield and Logan-Rogersville water rescue assisted in the rescue.”

Weaver said that river conditions are extremely dangerous and is encouraging people to avoid them until water levels decrease.

“Do not attempt floating the river until¬† it comes down to normal levels,” Weaver said. “These two kayakers had little experience and luckily were not injured in this incident.”