ISLAND PARK – Thanks to Fremont County first responders, a 20-year-old woman kayaking Henry’s Fork was rescued Wednesday around 8:15 p.m.

According to Search and Rescue official Eric Thomas, the Warrenton, Virginia, woman was reported missing by friends she had been kayaking with.

“She became separated from her group, floated down stream and out of sight,” he reported

FCSO asked for Life Flight to fly over Henry’s Fork River near Mack’s Inn. The Island Park Fire Department provided ground searchers who checked access points along the river. They initially started checking at Coffee Pot Campground where the woman was last seen.

“The kayaker was located just east of the North Fork Club by a separate group of kayakers,” Thomas reported.

FCSAR members took the woman to the North Fork Club where she was reunited with her friends.

“Fremont County Search & Rescue would like to thank the Fremont County Sheriff’s Office, Island Park Fire Department, Island Park EMS, Life Flight, and the kayakers who located and brought her safely downstream,” he said. “The quick response time of the Island Park organizations combined with the assistance of the kayakers ensured this was a successful rescue and not a tragic accident.”

Thomas urged those planning to be on the river swimming, fishing or other water-related activities to be cautious while doing so.

“These activities can be extremely dangerous and quickly turn an enjoyable activity into disaster. The melting snow is causing the water temperature to be dangerously low and rivers and streams are running swift and high,” he said.

Thomas also encouraged those planning summer recreational activities to wear appropriate water safety equipment while in the water. Always go with a friend or family member and take your cell phone. Let someone know what your plans are and stick to your plans. 

“If you find yourself in trouble, stop, look around, and do not go any farther. The farther you go, the more complicated and dangerous it is to get yourself to safety which also makes rescue efforts more difficult and dangerous. Make mental notes in relation to any physical features or landmarks that would assist in your rescue,” he said.

Fremont County Search & Rescue is a nonprofit organization that relies on donations from people and businesses that appreciate and desire to support our efforts. All donations are tax deductible. All FCSAR members are non-paid volunteers.