Watching fireworks – Night kayakers have close call on river

via Citizens Voice:

WILKES-BARRE – Emergency personnel scrambled Wednesday night to find a woman reported missing while kayaking on the Susquehanna River near the Market Street Bridge, but she was able to return to the shore on her own, where she was reunited with her husband, who thought she had gone missing.

“You can’t see me with all these (expletive) glowsticks?” the woman asked her husband as she neared the boat launch ramp, followed by what looked like a boat of fishermen.

The two kayakers got separated while watching the Wilkes-Barre Fourth of July fireworks from the river, said city fire Chief Jay Delaney.

He said Wilkes-Barre emergency personnel received a call at 9:45 p.m. for a capsized kayak in the Susquehanna River. When the man in that kayak came to shore, the man said his wife was missing. Wilkes-Barre mobilized its water rescue team and emergency personnel already working the Independence Day celebrations started looking from the shore. Kingston firefighters on the other side of the river and the bridge also started looking, and they soon found the missing woman, Delaney said.

A firefighter hopped in a private boat and a fire sport utility vehicle put on its emergency lights to give her a beacon.

“It was a good outcome. They’re both safe,” Delaney said.



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