Kayaker Pulled from Kennebec River Friday in Water Rescue by Augusta, Gardiner Fire Departments
The man, who was wearing a life jacket, was alone in the kayak when it overturned, Augusta Fire Department Batallion Chief John Bennett said.
Saved by the Jacket
A kayaker suffering from severe hypothermia was taken to the hospital in Augusta Friday after being pulled from the Kennebec River. “Having intentionally exposed myself to hypothermic water conditions to understand what people are going through, you lose everything,” Bennett said. “You have no feeling, you have no muscle control, so had he been knocked over, the only thing that would have kept him up was his life jacket.”
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