Woman Rescued from Taunton River After Storm Separates Kayakers
FREETOWN — What was supposed to be a peaceful Sunday afternoon kayak down the Taunton River quickly turned into a frightening experience for a women and family.
Freetown Police say at approximately 5:36 p.m., an emergency 911 cell phone call came in from an individual in distress on the Taunton River. The individual reported that she was kayaking with two other family members and was separated by the micro burst storm that rolled through the area.
Heavy rain and winds pushed the reporting woman to the east side of the Taunton River. Once she landed on shore, the woman was able to dial 911 from her cell phone, which provided police with her geographical location on the 911 screen.
Freetown Police and Fire personnel responded to the area along with the Massachusetts Environmental Police and the Fall River Police Department Marine Unit. Additional resources were sought from the Somerset Police Department, Lakeville Police Department Marine Unit, and the Massachusetts State Police Air Wing.
Freetown and Environmental officers who were on the ground were able to locate the 911 caller on the Taunton River shore line at the rear of the Stop and Shop Distribution Center property, located at 170 South Main Street.
Somerset Police were able to locate the two other missing kayakers in the neighboring town. Freetown Rescue provided medical evaluation of the woman who called for help, but she later refused further treatment.
“The Freetown Police Department would like to recognize two key factors that made this rescue a success. First, the geographically location identified through the 911 cell phone call was invaluable information for first responders to respond quickly and effectively to the emergency location,” Freetown Police said in a post to Facebook.
“Second, the cooperation of the area agencies working together by pooling their resources and personnel worked smoothly and efficiently. The FPD cannot be more grateful for their assistance. Job well done, everyone!”