Willoughby Hills fire chief issues safety reminder after kayaker rescued from Chagrin River

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WILLOUGHBY HILLS, Ohio -- A 42-year-old woman is recovering in the hospital after being rescued from the Chagrin River.

According to Willoughby Hills Fire Chief Robert Gandee, it happened around 5:45 p.m. on Saturday near Milann Drive.

The chief said the woman was kayaking with a man when their kayaks overturned. The man was able to swim to shore to get help, but the woman became stuck at the base of a steep cliff and remained in the water for almost an hour.

First responders arrived on scene with a boat and were able to pull her to safety.

She was then taken to the hospital to be evaluated for hypothermia. The man didn't get hurt.

Chief Gandee said neither kayaker had on appropriate attire for the weather conditions.

However, the woman did have a life jacket on at one point but lost it. The man was not wearing his and left it in the kayak.

The chief has a few reminders before heading out on the water:

  • Get educated on the sport you're doing.
  • Always wear a life jacket that's the proper size.
  • Dress for cold weather.
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