Firefighters rescue trapped kayaker on Grand River

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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich – A stranded kayaker was pulled from underneath the Bridge Street bridge in downtown Grand Rapids after an emergency Sunday evening.

Firefighters were dispatched to the area just after 6:00 p.m.

An eyewitness tells FOX17 the kayaker appeared to be alert and talking with firefighters after the rescue.  First responders haven’t issued a statement on the incident as of this writing.

Firefighters were able to get to the kayaker within minutes of arriving on scene, pulling him into a boat and clearing the scene shortly after.

This is a developing story.

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  • Andrew

    So once the rapids are restored, and the GRFD is spending all its time rescuing idiot kayakers, who is going to be putting out the fires in the city, the Coast Guard?

    Look, as river use increases the number of incidents like this are also going to increase. That means the resources to rescue these dummies is going to need to increase, and that means the cost to the taxpayers is going to increase. Doesn’t it make sense to do that now, so that a rescue team can be funded, trained, and put into place ahead of time rather than doing a patch-job at the last second by pulling funding from something else (usually schools)? I mean, I realize that is how GR usually does things, but just this once can’t we take the opportunity to do it right from the beginning?

    • Keet

      The GRFD truck that was there with “RIVER RESCUE” in big letters on the side along with the boat that was pulled behind that was there in minutes along with rescuers that did their job kind of makes it look like the funding and training is already in place.

      • Commonsense

        There is no finding for stupid. There is a change in each incident that they respond to. Public Services are not free, and, it’s not ok. Add a little Founders Hops in the mix and let’s see the results. Can’t wait for a 100 year flood.

    • Commonsense

      The independent contractors getting paid to give idiots the rides should be charged a fee for every time the fire department and police department and ambulance teams are called. So if all three are needed, guess what, the boat people have three bills to pay. Can’t wait until the lawsuits get filed over catastrophic injuries.

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