2 kayakers rescued from Neuse River in Wake Forest, officials say

WAKE FOREST, N.C. (WNCN) — Crews rescued two kayakers in the Neuse River in Wake Forest on Saturday afternoon, authorities say.


The incident was first reported around 1:50 p.m. near the 9000 block of Fonville Road.

A CBS North Carolina image from the scene taken around 3:05 p.m. showed two kayaks on a small patch of land in the middle of the river.

Authorities said they found a young man and woman stranded on the island just below the dam in rushing water they said was being released from the dam at 2,500 cubic feet per minute.

Wake Forest Fire Department officials said that since the pair were in no danger on the island, they made sure the rescue was conducted safely.

Officials say it just over an hour to rescue the kayakers, who were put on a boat and taken downstream to a canoe launching area.

The pair were evaluated and released after suffering no injuries, fire officials said.

Old Falls of Neuse Road was closed between Fonville Road and River Mills Drive as crews conduct the water rescue, officials told CBS North Carolina.

The Wake Forest Fire Department and Raleigh Swift Water Rescue crews responded to the scene along with Wake County EMS.

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