Man rescued Saturday after kayak overturned in Dan River

Courtesy Danville Fire Department
Courtesy Danville Fire Department(WDBJ)
Published: Jun. 6, 2020 at 6:29 PM EDT
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A man was rescued Saturday afternoon after his kayak overturned in the Dan River.

According to the Danville Fire Department, a call came in about 2:15 p.m. for a victim in the river. Crews saw a man on debris underneath the Norfolk Southern train trestle. Danville Fire thought the best option for saving the man was a high-angle rescue from the top of the train trestle, and alerted Norfolk Southern, which then halted rail traffic.

Members of the department suspended rope rescue lines from the area before lowering one to secure the man in a harness before being pulled to safety.

The Danville Lifesaving Crew and Danville Police Department joined the Fire Department at the scene. Danville Fire aided the Lifesaving Crew as a precaution downstream in a rescue boat.

Both the victim and emergency crews reported no injuries during the rescue.

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