Lodi kayak­ers’ boat tips over, res­cued by peers

Lodi News-Sentinel - - PAGE TWO - — John Bays

LODI — Two kayak­ers were left stranded in the wa­ter when their boat over­turned at ap­prox­i­mately 12:30 p.m. Mon­day, prompt­ing res­cue ef­forts by the Lodi Fire De­part­ment.

“We had a full wa­ter res­cue re­sponse out there,” said Bat­tal­ion Chief Tim Ortegel.

Al­though the two kayak­ers did not have life jack­ets on and their boat was washed down­river by the cur­rent, Ortegel said they were res­cued by two other kayak­ers near Ma­son’s Beach.

Ortegel also is­sued a warn­ing to other kayak­ers.

“River lev­els are run­ning pretty quick, it would be easy to un­der­es­ti­mate the amount of wa­ter that’s mov­ing,” Ortegel said. “Ab­so­lutely, peo­ple need to be wear­ing life jack­ets.”

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