SIDNEY — Sidney Fire Department’s firefighters rescued three kayakeers who were stranded on a island in the Great Miami River Sunday, June 23, 2019.
According to a press release from the fire department, firefighters were dispatched to the 1500 block of River Road, south of Sidney for multiple kayakers stranded in the river on an island. Upon confirmation of at least three people in the water a box alarm was requested recalling all off duty personnel along with Anna Fire Department, Lockington Fire Department and Port Jefferson EMS.
Crews arrived on scene and quickly located the three adult females who were stranded on the island. All victims were in a safe location, but could not reach either shore due to the fast current on both sides of them. A rescuer was able to make contact with the victims from the bank until additional rescuers could arrive via boat.
Sidney Fire personnel were able to launch a boat from a residence approximately a half mile down river and made its way up to the victims while additional personnel launched a second boat from the Roadside Park boat ramp. All victims were removed from the river into the boat and safely brought to shore. No injuries were reported to the victims or rescue personnel.
“It is important to remember the dangers of the river at the current levels we are currently experiencing due to recent heavy rains,” said Fire Chief Brad Jones. “It is recommended to stay off the river until the levels return to normal. We encourage everyone who uses the river for recreational purposes to wear a life jacket, head protection, and to let someone else know your plans in case of an emergency.”