Dramatic Rescue: S.A. man gets kayak stuck in dam

Dramatic Rescue:  S.A. man gets kayak stuck in dam

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Dramatic Rescue: S.A. man gets kayak stuck in dam

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by James Muñoz / KENS 5

khou.com

Posted on July 20, 2010 at 10:51 AM

SAN ANTONIO -- J.R. Campbell is an above-average thrill-seeker, and even after a close call, he has no plans to let up.

On July 10, Campbell and a group of friends were kayaking on the San Marcos River near the Cummings Dam. But as he attempted to run the dam with a 12-foot drop, the current pulled him under.

Campbell ended up in a compartment and was able to move down to the last compartment.

He was more worried about his friends risking their lives to rescue him, so he pushed a stick through the waterfall. He did it a second time with a ball attached to the end.

The San Marcos Area Recovery Team, founded by Dan Misiaszek in 1988, responded to the incident. Campbell was trapped for more than two hours, but Misiaszek and his team had him back on dry land within minutes after plucking him from the dam.

Over the past 22 years, Misiaszek recalls recovering 6 to 7 bodies a year from area waterways. In fact, he's only had two successful recoveries.

Campbell is an active military member with orders to soon leave the area. He's missing his Eskimo canoe, but that's replaceable.

To learn more about SMART, go to www.smartdivers.com

 

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