Lo­cals res­cue three trapped in Al­covy River

The Covington News - - FRONT PAGE - GABRIEL KHOULI gkhouli@cov­news.com

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

See Res­cue, 4A

Sub­mit­ted photo /The Cov­ing­ton News

Josh Lowry, left, and Justin Hodges, right, helped res­cue three peo­ple who be­came stranded in the swollen Al­covy River Sun­day.

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