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Several Weekend Canoe Rescues In Bedford County

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by Jason Lamb

BEDFORD COUNTY, Tenn. – It was a busy weekend for Bedford County Emergency crews who responded to four separate rescues on the Duck River alone.

Officials with the Bedford County Technical Rescue said recent rains have increased river levels in the area, and this weekend's sunny weather brought more canoes and kayakers out on the water than normal.

Rescue crews said over the weekend, several canoes got caught in tree branches dangling over the river, prompting the rescues.

The danger on the river was so high that a nearby kayak rental business decided to shut down for the day after the river was too much for inexperienced kayakers.

 "What people don't realize is a strong rain overnight can change the landscape of the river 100 percent," said Kim Council with Normandy Kayak Rental.  "You have a tree down, debris in the river, faster currents or something like that."

Rescue crews said even though some of the people rescued this weekend were following the law by having life vests on board, they weren't wearing them, so it did them no good once they got separated from their canoes.

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