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Firefighters rescue kayakers who crashed into submerged tree

Fresno Capt. Lupe Fernandez said the kayakers had done “everything right,” including wearing life jackets and communicating well with first responders


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Robert Kuwada
The Fresno Bee

FRESNO, Calif. — Fresno firefighters rescued five people on Memorial Day on the San Joaquin River near Scout Island.

Firefighters scrambled to the scene just before 4 p.m. No injuries were reported.

Capt. Lupe Fernandez credited the kayakers for doing “everything right,” including wearing life jackets, communicating quickly and clearly with emergency responders, and following other safety measures.

Fernandez said the life jackets, in particular, were a “big deal” for Monday’s safe outcome.

The kayakers apparently struck a submerged tree, causing at least one of them to go into the river.

“All five are safe, and life jackets contributed to that,” Fernandez said.


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