Woman Rescued from James; City River Rescue Prepares for Busy Season
Richmond’s water rescue team pulled a woman kayaker from a rock in the James River yesterday…and as Charles Fishburne reports, their busy season is just beginning.
Nobody was seriously hurt in yesterday’s incident.
Jones: She was about a hundred yards out…
Richmond Fire Lt. Shawn Jones
Jones: …We loaded her in a boat and brought her to shore.
Jones says almost every year, someone drowns in the James during the summer months…
Jones: The James River can be very treacherous. On the surface right now it appears as though it may be calm, but the undercurrent may be something that sweeps her away.
He says before you go…call ahead for river levels…always wear flotation devices, required by law at five feet and above, wear shoes, take a cellphone, check in with someone on shore. His team went on 78 rescue operations last year, and they are already up to 36 this year.
Jones: If this is any predictor of the way the summer’s going to go for us, we’re going to surpass last year’s numbers.
Call ahead to check levels and conditions at 646-8228.
Charles Fishburne, WCVE News.