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Conservation officers rescue six lost kayakers on the Pigeon River

Statement as issued Tuesday by the Indiana Department of Natural Resources:

On the early morning hours of September 1st, a 911 call was placed to LaGrange County Sheriffs Department. 6 canoers/kayakers were lost on the Pigeon river near the Steuben Co/LaGrange Co. line. They had no light and were near exhaustion.

Indiana Conservation Officers Jake Carlile and Kyle Buchanan were contacted and 911 triangulation allowed Conservation Officers Jake Carlile and Kyle Buchanan to locate the kayakers on foot at approximately 3am in a heavily wooded area.

The boaters were found without lights and suffering from the early stages of hypothermia as a result of long term exposure in cold water and falling night time temperatures.

Officer Buchanan found one female to be suffering from early stage hypothermia and led Ms Raquelle A. Fallis out to a waiting patrol vehicle on foot, while Officer Carlile paddled out with the remaining boaters leading them to the nearest river access.

While waiting for transportation home Mr. Jerry Combs suffered a minor seizure but refused transport or medical assistance.

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