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Two rescued in kayak accident

ALBANY — Albany police and firefighters responded to a 911 call at the Flint River Saturday to rescue two kayakers.

According to Kelly Harcrow, battalion chief with the Albany Fire Department, Susan Cooper and her adult son, David, were kayaking the Flint near downtown shortly before 5 p.m. when David Cooper fell out of his kayak and into the rain-swollen river. Harcrow said Susan Cooper then drifted with the current and joined her son when he managed to swim to safety.

Harcrow’s fire team was able to launch a boat at the “Marine ditch” south of Oakridge Boulevard, he said, and pilot upriver to rescue the pair. Officials say both kayakers, who have limited experience with the sport, were doing well with no need for medical attention.

According to Jim Vaught, deputy director of the Albany-Dougherty Emergency Management Agency, the rescued pair were part of a much larger group of kayakers and canoers participating in Paddle Georgia, an annual 106-mile paddle trip from Lake Blackshear to Bainbridge and the backwaters of Lake Seminole.