SHERIFF: 73-year-old kayaker clung to tree limb until being rescued from river

Authorities say a 73-year-old man clung to a tree limb until emergency crews could rescue him from a river.
Wate Rescue

Authorities say a 73-year-old man clung to a tree limb until emergency crews could rescue him from a river.

The Sarpy County Sheriff’s Office said four people in kayaks were floating on the Platte River before getting off at a boat ramp near Hwy. 50 and Hwy.31 south of Springfield Tuesday afternoon.

One of the kayakers, a 73-year-old man, realized his kayak was beginning to float away, so he went back into the water to get it, but was unable to because of the strong current. Instead, the man grabbed the rear of the kayak and floated on river for approximately half a mile.

The man was wearing a life jacket and was able to grab onto a tree limb to wait for help.

Rescue crews found the man and got him to safety. He did not suffer any injuries, officials said.

 

Categories: Nebraska News