FLUSHING TWP. — Police and first responders rescued a group of overturned kayakers from the Flint River in Flushing Township last Tuesday evening.
Flushing Township Police Chief Mark Bolin said that four women were kayaking near McKinley Road and Nashua Trail Drive when their kayaks overturned in the river. Three of the women were able to make it close to shore, while their companion—a 29-year-old woman—got separated from the group further downstream.
Flushing Township police, Flushing firefighters and Michigan State Police responded to the scene at around 6:50 p.m. and were soon joined by a dive team from the Genesee County Sheriff’s Office.
While Flushing firefighters and MSP troopers rescued three of the kayakers on the east side of the river, residents living near the 8000 block of Seymour Road spotted the other female attempting to climb on to her overturned kayak.
An MSP trooper located the woman about a half-hour later and pulled her from the river—around a ¼ mile from where her kayak capsized.
All four women were checked out by EMS but were not transported to the hospital. None of them were wearing life preservers.
Flushing Township Officer Roy Hatchett, who responded to the scene, said that the women launched their kayaks near downtown Flushing and began having trouble on the river near the Flushing Township Nature Park. He said that fast currents and rising water levels likely caused the kayaks to flip.
Police said that the kayakers were all Genesee County locals, including a 24-year-old from Davison, a 26-year-old from Flint and a 27-year-old from Flint. The 29-year-old who was rescued downstream is from Genesee Township.
Chief Bolin and Flushing Fire Chief James Michael wish to thank all the departments and agencies that assisted in the rescue.
The Montrose Police Department, the Montrose Fire Department, MMR and Twin Ambulance services also supported rescue efforts.