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The Leavenworth Times - Leavenworth, KS
  • Two rescued from river bank

  • Leavenworth emergency personnel helped two people from the bank of the Missouri River on Sunday after a canoe capsized, police and fire officials said.
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  • Leavenworth emergency personnel helped two people from the bank of the Missouri River on Sunday after a canoe capsized, police and fire officials said.
    The incident was reported around 5:15 p.m. Sunday. A man and woman had been canoeing on the Missouri River when the craft overturned. Both apparently were able to make it to the bank of the river.
    Firefighters helped the woman to safety in the area of Riverfront Park, said Maj. Dan Nicodemus, deputy chief of the Leavenworth Police Department.
    Leavenworth Assistant Fire Chief Mike Lingenfelser said the woman was loaded into what is known as a Stokes basket. Using the litter basket and ropes, the firefighters moved the woman to an area along the embankment that is more easily accessible.
    Nicodemus said there was an initial concern the woman may have been suffering from hypothermia. But, the deputy chief said he didn't know if the woman had to be taken to the hospital.
    Nicodemus said firefighters also provided assistance to the man, who was in the area of Landing Park.

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