Two kayakers rescued from White River

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Two kayakers were rescued from the White River near the Meridian Street bridge Saturday afternoon, when one of their boats overturned.

Fox59 spoke with Brian Smith as he came back to the scene to pick up his girlfriend’s kayak. Crews had to rescue Smith and his girlfriend, after the water started getting rough as they were kayaking near Holliday Park on the city’s north side.

“The rapids (were) too intense, so we decided to go back, paddling upstream,” said Smith.

It was a task that proved too difficult for Smith’s girlfriend, so he tried to tow her along from his kayak.

“When i tried to tow her from my kayak, the rope slipped,” Smith said. “I ended up rolling my kayak, and it washed on downstream.”

Smith was left stranded on a log, as his girlfriend’s kayak got stuck as well. But with the water moving quickly, rescue crews couldn’t bring their boats. So they had to get creative.

“They repelled down to the top of us, and lifted us both out individually,” Smith said. “Everybody’s safe, thanks to the Pike township fire department… It’s one for the storybooks there’s no question about that.”