3/4/2014 3:03:00 PM High water prompts swift-water rescue
CAMP VERDE -- At 10:40 a.m. Sunday, Camp Verde Fire crews were dispatched to a stranded kayaker stuck in a patch of brush in the middle of the Verde River.
About a quarter-mile downstream from White Bridge, the man flipped his kayak and was unable to get himself out of the river. Firefighters, trained in swift-water rescue, were able to swim out to the victim and swim him to the shore using a "carlson board" as a floatation device.
The victim said he had been submerged in the water for approximately 40 minutes. He was wearing a personal floatation device but was not wearing the proper clothing to protect his body from the cold water. The victim, although cold, was uninjured and refused transportation to a medical facility.