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Posted on Fri, Nov 4, 2011 : 3:27 p.m.

Rescuers pull stranded kayaker from Huron River

By Kyle Feldscher


A kayak remains caught on a branch in the Huron River after police and firefighters rescued a kayaker.

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Washtenaw County Sheriff's Office personnel and Dexter Area firefighters pulled a kayaker from the Huron River this afternoon after his boat had become stuck in some rocks.

Dexter Area firefighter Jason Hilberer said the department assisted sheriff's office personnel in the rescue. Hilberer said the man had been kayaking alone in the river when his boat became lodged in some trees and rocks near North Delhi Road, rendering him immobile.

Sheriff's office personnel were the first on the scene and used a throw rope to get the man on to the shore, Hilberer said. Firefighters helped pull the man the rest of the way up the bank to safety, Hilberer said.

The man had non-life-threatening injuries, Hilberer said. There was no information available on how the man alerted authorities that he was stuck in the river, Hilberer said.

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Ann English

Sat, Nov 5, 2011 : 11:19 p.m.

When I went on that part of the Huron in an inflatable raft, I didn't see any logs in the water, but the rocks did stop the raft.

Marilyn Wilkie

Sat, Nov 5, 2011 : 2:20 a.m.

I beg to disagree that any part of the Huron River resembles The Colorado. Delhi rapids is not that big a rapids. I'm not even sure it would make the class system. But rains and fast water can scare some people. Now the Pine River up north, that's another matter. But we never called the police when we dumped up there either.


Sat, Nov 5, 2011 : 1:54 p.m.

Ok Meryl Streep!! (see the River Wild)

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Sat, Nov 5, 2011 : 3 a.m.

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Sat, Nov 5, 2011 : 2:54 a.m.

There are a lot of people who go out on the Huron without having the slightest clue what they are doing.


Fri, Nov 4, 2011 : 10:49 p.m.

I don't understand why he couldn't climb out of the kayak and, holding onto the kayak, walk around the obstruction. Is it really that rough there this time of year?


Sat, Nov 5, 2011 : 1:08 a.m.

Good to know. Thanks.

tom swift jr.

Sat, Nov 5, 2011 : 12:25 a.m.

It isn't that simple. I've seen a metal canoe get wrapped around a rock by the force of the current so it couldn't be removed by a group of four men (in a section of the huron where the water was 2-3 feet deep). I suspect he was trapped between the kayak and some rocks/logs.

Urban Sombrero

Fri, Nov 4, 2011 : 10:40 p.m.

This happened to my soon-to-be-ex father-in-law earlier this year. In fact, it was an story.


Fri, Nov 4, 2011 : 9:26 p.m.

I think the cities along the Huron River need to pass some new laws outlawing kayaking since it seems soooo dangerous! After all, someone could get hurt. Also, maybe they need to add a no texting law while kayaking also. :)

Jimmy McNulty

Sat, Nov 5, 2011 : 12:45 p.m.

Yes, we need more laws protecting us from ourselves, as the government always knows what's best for us.

Marilyn Wilkie

Fri, Nov 4, 2011 : 8:50 p.m.

Is it ok to say I would rather see my fire and sherif department doing something else?


Sat, Nov 5, 2011 : 1:51 p.m.

Ok, this is the dumbest comment I have heard in a long time!!! What would you rather have them be doing!!!!????? Their job is public safety!! The kayaker is a member of the public!!!! His safety was at risk!!! He may have made a mistake, but his safety was at risk and these are PUBLIC SAFETY OFFICERS!! It is there job. They were doing exactly what they are paid to do and what they are supposed to do!!! If you make a mistake and need their assistance, would you &quot;rather have them be doing something else&quot;??? Jeez!!!!!

Ron Granger

Sat, Nov 5, 2011 : 1:43 a.m.

So they should let the kayaker drown?


Fri, Nov 4, 2011 : 8:41 p.m.

Because this part of the river closely resembles the Colorado Rapids, I can understand not wanting to exit the watercraft and tempt the water.


Fri, Nov 4, 2011 : 8:41 p.m.

Why don't you anti- crosswalk yield blame this incident on the law. You try and blame everything else on it.


Fri, Nov 4, 2011 : 8:56 p.m.

Pleae explain.