Three kayakers had to be rescued from the James River -- in the middle of Thursday's storm. It was a scary situation, but thanks to some quick thinking and a talented swift water crew everyone is okay tonight.
It happened in an instant.
"A lot of rain came down in a short period of time," said Lt Brian Dalrymple of the Richmond Fire Department Swift Water Rescue Team.
And in a violent storm the James River is a scary place.
"You can definitely underestimate the power of water," said Dalrymple.
That is exactly where three kayakers in three different boats found themselves shortly after 5 Thursday evening.
Just off Riverside Drive near West 42nd Street, two of the three, both women, were tossed from their boats. They both found their way to two different rocks. The third kayaker, a man, got to shore, and was there to quickly connect his friends with help.
"This individual was able to walk us to the site point us to the two victims and we were able to locate them which is difficult."
From there it was up to the Richmond Swift water team to paddle out the rocks and collect both victims.
"They were waiting, they were cold they were wet they were waiting for us to come out," Dalrymple said.
They were waiting for a while.
"They probably had been out there at least 45 minutes to an hour before we got here," he said.
They were found cold but alive.
"They're ok," Dalrymple reported. "Everyone is doing well."
It was a positive outcome to a situation that could've easily ended tragically.
The river was a frightening place for sure, but it could've been worse.
The levels were over 14 feet just a few days ago. They were down to just over 6 today. That level requires a personal flotation device, but not high enough for a swift water permit to be required.
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