Rescue crews from West Thurston Fire Authority were called to the Black River, near Rochester, around 10 p.m. Sunday after a 65-year-old kayaker became entangled in a fallen tree, causing his kayak to overturn, putting the man in the water, according to a news release from West Thurston Fire Authority.
The man and his 60-year-old female companion were unable to make it to shore after the man's kayak became entangled in the tree and overturned. He was in water too deep to stand, and was beginning to weaken due to the effects of the water.
The woman called 9-1-1 from her cell phone and the signal was used to pinpoint their location on the river. According to the release, the man was able to hold on to the woman's kayak until crews arrived.
While on the line with dispatchers, firefighters used sirens and air horns so the woman could guage how close they were, and within an hour, rescue crews were able to locate the kayakers.
West Thurston crews and Tumwater paramedics treated the man for hypothermia and he was released. The woman was not injured.