After Water Rescue Initiated, Kayaker Found Safe

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SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – After reports of someone whose kayak may have gone over the dam at  Springfield Lake, Springfield Fire immediately started a water rescue.

Witnesses said a man had gone over the dam in a blue kayak near Kissick.

They said they had not seen him come back up.

After searching the waters and coming up empty-handed, the fire department discovered a citizen had recorded the incident on his cell phone.

He sent the video to Springfield Fire, showing the kayaker heading toward the dam, then heading back upstream.

Though the man was unharmed, Battalion Chief Steve Stinnett said you still shouldn’t mess with mother nature. 

“Yes, the water’s very dangerous right now,” Stinnett said. “It would be my advice for nobody to get on the water today and, also, I’ll just throw this in, for people that are driving… especially with those roads with low water bridges.. if you can’t see the road, if there’s water over the road – turn around because it’s not worth it.”

After a vehicle attempted to “ford” through waters at a low-water bridge on Highway CC near Farm Road 199, the Fair Grove Police Department, Fire Protection District and Missouri State Highway Patrol all pitched in to help.

According to a Facebook post from the Fair Grove Police Department, low-water crossings are becoming covered quickly.

According to a Facebook post from the Aurora Rural Fire Protection District, crews rescued the driver of a vehicle and a dog in Lawrence County.

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