Locals rescue three trapped in Alcovy River
Josh Lowry still isn’t sure how he managed it, but he pulled himself and a stranded, scared woman across the swiftly-flowing Alcovy River one-handed via a rope. And that was the third person he rescued Sunday.
Lowry, 33, fellow lifelong resident and native Justin Hodges and their fellow kayakers Moana Hassan and Lee Court helped rescue three unidentified people who had become stranded on the river after attempting to tube down it Sunday afternoon despite water levels that created Class 4 whitewater rapids.
The kayakers had finished one run down the river and were preparing for a second journey when a man came blazing down the road in a pickup truck, looking for help. He said his daughter, son-in-law and a friend were stuck in the middle of the river.
Two kayakers headed back to Factory Shoals Park to get back in the water and try to get safety gear on the people if possible and tell them not to move, while others hiked back up the river to scout out the scene.
The daughter was more securely positioned with her torso and part of her legs pulled up on a rock, while the two men had made it out of the main current but were precariously positioned on underwater rocks, struggling to avoid
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Josh Lowry, left, and Justin Hodges, right, helped rescue three people who became stranded in the swollen Alcovy River Sunday.