Monday, October 25, 2021
WATER RESCUE: 1 Missing Kayaker Found, 1 Still Missing (PHOTO GALLERY)

WATER RESCUE: 1 Missing Kayaker Found, 1 Still Missing (PHOTO GALLERY)

Late Saturday afternoon, Goldsboro firefighters were dispatched to a possible river rescue at Old Waynesborough Park off U.S. 117 South. Several engine companies responded to Waynesborough Park but were later rerouted to the Wildlife Boat Ramp off 117 South near Mar-Mac. The Goldsboro Fire Department Water Rescue Team arrived at the ramp and quickly geared up to launch their boat onto the river. Once on the water, the team went toward Waynesborough Park looking for two kayakers that were reportedly in trouble. The Air-Mac Water Response Team was activated to respond to the scene to help in the search. The Wayne County Sheriff’s Dive Team was also dispatched to the scene with their boats to assist. The Wayne County Sheriff Department Airwatch Team was in the air with one of their helicopters to help search for the kayakers. Wayne County EMS Stations 2 and 6 were put on standby at the boat ramp along with their EMS supervisor. Goldsboro Fire Department Incident Command was set up at the boat ramp. Eventually, the Goldsboro Water Rescue Team returned to the boat ramp with one of the kayakers on board. The other teams continued searching for the other kayaker. The Neuse River is quite high at this time and the water is over the banks and through the trees along low-lying areas.  That’s making the search more difficult for the search teams to get their boats into some areas.

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