McCUTCHENVILLE - Personnel from five area fire departments assisted in locating two boys who had not returned from a kayaking trip in the Sandusky River Sunday.
The boys, ages 12 and 17, were located unharmed Sunday evening, a Seneca County Sheriff's Office spokeswoman said.
A man had reported at 7:21 p.m. Sunday the boys had not returned from a kayaking trip on the river.
PHOTO BY JILL GOSCHE
Kyle Urig (left) and Drew Lucius of Tiffin Fire Rescue Division assemble a boat on Water Street during Sunday’s rescue effort.
Personnel from McCutchenville Volunteer Fire Department, Sycamore Volunteer Fire and Rescue, New Riegel EMS, Bascom Joint Fire District, Bascom EMS, Tiffin Fire Rescue Division and the county's Echo unit assisted in the operation. A firefighter from Bloom Township Fire Department who was in the area also responded.
Chief B.J. Ford of McCutchenville Volunteer Fire Department said the boys had been kayaking, and there was a cause for concern because they had not been seen or heard from for a while.
Personnel boarded boats provided by McCutchenville, Bascom and Sycamore departments to look for the boys.
One of the boys was found in the kayak in the river near CR 90, and the other, who had been in the river earlier Sunday, was found walking on CR 6. Neither of the boys was in a life-threatening situation when found, Ford said.
"It turned out very well," he said.