Lake Waco rescue

A Waco fire crew rescues two men after their kayaks overturned in Lake Waco on Wednesday afternoon.

Staff photo — Jerry Larson

Two men were rescued by firefighters after their kayaks capsized in Lake Waco on Wednesday afternoon, Waco Assistant Fire Chief Don Yeager said.

Firefighters and swift water rescue officials were called to Airport Park about 1 p.m., after receiving an emergency call about a capsized kayak in the middle of Lake Waco. Fire crews were able to determine that two men had launched kayaks near a Speegleville campground earlier, but swift winds and choppy waters caused the men to overturn in their kayaks, Yeager said.

“We launched one of our rescue boats and our Jet Ski with our swift water rescue folks to get out on the lake, and they were able to locate both men,” Yeager said. “They were hanging onto some trees in the water, and according to them, they both lost their kayaks in the water.”

Both men were rescued from the water and brought back to shore. Emergency responders evaluated the men for injuries, but both were able to walk from the rescue boat to the ambulance.

“The lake is very choppy. It’s very windy, and even though we are getting warmer days, the temperature in the lake is very cold,” Yeager said. “In this scenario, hypothermia can still set in very quickly. Luckily, it looks like they are just very cold and wet.”

It is unclear if either man was taken to a hospital. Yeager said preliminary evaluations revealed that neither man was significantly hurt.

Kristin Hoppa has been covering public safety and breaking news for the Tribune-Herald since January 2016. She worked in Northwest Missouri covering crime-related issues before her move to Central Texas. She is a University of Kansas graduate.

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