HANOVER, VA (WWBT) - Emergency crews responded to a major rescue effort in Hanover County this afternoon.
At around 11:30 a.m. Friday, at least eight people canoeing down the North Anna River suffered some form of heat-related injuries.
A spokesperson for Hanover Fire and EMS says a group of 18 staffers, ages 18 to 31, from Camp Hanover were canoeing down the North Anna River off of Old Ridge Road in Doswell.
They were dropped off yesterday on the North Anna River near Route 30, spent the night on the river and they were supposed to be picked up today on the Pamunkey River near Route 301.
Two adults were medflighted and two more were transported by ambulance to hospitals. One other was treated for dehydration. Two of the hospitalized staffers are considered in critical condition.
Rescue workers were challenged with trying to locate the canoeists and tracked them by their cell phone. The rescue effort was completed by around 2 p.m.
The camp is owned and operated by Presbytery of the James, which is based in Mechanicsville.
We have a crew at the scene and will bring you more information as it becomes available.