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Kent fire crews rescue kayaker from Cuyahoga River

With river levels running high and the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, the Kent Fire Department is asking the public to remain off the river.

CLEVELAND — On Saturday Kent Fire water rescue crews responded to a report of a kayaker needing rescue in the Cuyahoga River, behind the Treno restaurant. A rescue boat was deployed from Tannery Park with three rescue swimmers. The boat safely made the island, under strong river currents and the kayaker was brought safely back to shore. All rescuers returned safely back. 

When Kent Fire water rescue crews arrived, they found one kayaker safe and another stranded on the island south of the Main Street bridge after being dumped out of their kayak. Although very cold, the kayaker was uninjured. 

Following the rescue, the Kent Fire Department released a statement on their Facebook page explaining that the river water levels are very high right now and coupled with the coronavirus outbreak, their crews are low. With that in mind, the Department is asking the public to stay off the river at this time.

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