Kayakers rescued from White River north of Broad Ripple Saturday

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INDIANAPOLIS (WTHR) - IFD rescue crews were called to the White River again Saturday to rescue people who had fallen into the water.

The rescue call came out shortly after 4:00 p.m. for two people in the water near the dam near 73rd Street and Westfield Blvd.

Firefighters said a man and woman were in separate kayaks when they came too close to a dam and were swept over and into the boil.

Accordint to IFD, this is the second time in six days firefighters have pulled a kayaker from the low head dam near the Westfield Blvd. bridge.

Both were wearing life vests.


According to a summary of the event shared with the media by IFD, the 24-year-old man got out of the river on his own.

The 23-year-old woman was pulled out by a firefighter using a rope bag.

The man was listed in fair condition and the woman is now in serious but stable condition at St. Vincent Hospital.

Firefighters say the river is still too dangerous for recreational boating.

The man told firefighters that the couple was on a first date and after cancelling a planned kayak trip last week due to the swift currents and high water, they decided to make today’s trip their first date experience.

The couple had put in at Broad Ripple park about 2:00 p.m., according to the man, who owns both kayaks.