Pair rescued after canoe capsizes on West Canada Creek

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RUSSIA — Two adult males escaped without injury after their canoe capsized on the West Canada Creek in Herkimer County Monday afternoon, according to fire officials.

Barneveld Fire Chief Kevin Kalk said the pair were canoeing down West Canada Creek sometime around 1 p.m. when their canoe flipped on the choppy water. Kalk said the pair were able to reach safety on their own, but they were a bit trapped in the wilderness.

“They were able to make it to shore,” Kalk explained.

“But due to the terrain of the river, the easiest way to reach them was by boat.”

The capsizing occurred within the Town of Russia, Kalk said, but to reach them crews had to use the boat launch in the Town of Trenton. The Newport Fire Department provided the boat, and the rescue was a joint operation between Newport, Barneveld and Poland. The two men were not injured and were brought back to the Trenton boat launch without incident.

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