Men pulled to shore after kayaks flip in Cuyahoga River

by JEREMY NOBILE | RECORD-COURIER REPORTER Published:

Kent -- No one was injured after two men flipped their kayaks in the rain-swollen Cuyahoga River on Dec. 22.

Kent Fire Department Lt. Patrick Edwards said two men -- one in his 30s and the other in his 50s -- flipped their crafts a little before 4 p.m. near the West Main Street bridge.

Each man reportedly swam to a small island in the river, where they stayed until a water rescue team helped them to shore with a series of tied ropes. A passerby called 911.

Edwards said neither man suffered any injuries. He noted the duo ultimately pulled themselves to shore using the ropes.

The rescue took about 45 minutes, Edwards said. Mutual aid was provided by the Portage County Water Rescue Team and the Aurora, Brimfield, Mantua and Streetsboro fire departments.

The unseasonably warm temperatures coupled with torrential rainfalls over the weekend made the river treacherous.

"The water was very high today," Edwards said. "It's a terrible time to be kayaking in the river."

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