Kayaker overturns in Kalamazoo River, rescued from water safely

Rescue crews recover kayaker from Kzoo River

TROWBRIDGE TOWNSHIP, MICH. - One man was pulled from the Kalamazoo River Saturday afternoon after being overturned in his kayak, authorities says. 

Allegan County Sheriff's deputies and water rescue crews were sent to the river near Primrose Place and Bridge Road around 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 8 on reports that three kayakers had overturned in the Kalamazoo River.

Two of the three kayakers were able to get out of the river safely, however one man was not and ended up getting trapped in the surging waters. He was not wearing a life jacket. 

Deputies say he clung to a log while stuck in the water until a rescue boat could be sent out to him. All three kayaks were also retrieved. 

He was recovered safely and taken to Allegan County Hospital for treatment. He is expected to be okay. 

The Allegan County Sheriff's Office warns people with little or no experience operating canoes, kayaks and other watercraft in swift waters. Officials are urging people to refrain from kayaking or canoeing activities in the Kalamazoo River until the high waters subside and river current decrease. 

Anyone operating any type of watercraft is strongly urged to wear a life jacket, regardless of boating experience.

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