MONROE TWP. (WWJ) – A 25-year-old man had to be rescued after his kayak capsized in a Monroe County rock quarry.

The Monroe County Sheriff’s Office said the incident happened around 8 p.m. Friday at the quarry along Dunbar Road near Hull Road in Monroe Township, known locally as Lake Monroe.

Police say the man was in the middle of the lake when his kayak capsized. A short time later, the kayak started to sink and the man began screaming for help. Witnesses, who called police, said the man appeared to be in distress and having trouble staying afloat.

“Deputies responded immediately and obtained neighboring watercraft to perform a water rescue,” the sheriff’s office said in a statement. “During this time, Deputy Michael McClain commandeered a kayak and paddled approximately 300 yards off shore, to the victim.”

McClain was able to render assistance to the victim, saving his life. A second watercraft was brought in and relayed the man safely to shore.

After being cleared by medical personnel at the scene, the man was released.


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