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Official: 7 rescued from York River

Jimmy LaRoue
Contact Reporterjlarouejr@vagazette.com

Seven people were rescued from the York River off Croaker Landing Thursday, including two people who fell into the water after their canoe capsized, according to James City County Fire Department battalion chief Al Catlett.

Just before 12 p.m., James City County Fire Department, James City-Bruton Volunteer Fire Department and York County Department of Fire and Life Safety responded to a 911 call reporting several canoes in distress on the York River off Croaker Landing, Catlett said.

When fire crews arrived, they found a group of 11 people in several canoes, one of which had capsized, which stranded two people in the water, Catlett said.

Everyone was wearing life jackets, Catlett said, and the two people in the water were successfully rescued, with one taken to Sentara Williamsburg Regional Medical Center due to concerns about exposure to the elements. That person is reported to be in good condition, Catlett said.

Several of the canoes needed help to get back to shore due to the wind, while others were able to get back to shore on their own, Catlett said.

LaRoue can be reached by phone at 757-345-2342, by email at jlarouejr@vagazette.com or on Twitter @jlaroue.

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