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Kayakers from Emmett Township water rescue identified

The two adult males who were rescued alongside two young girls by Emmett Township officials Saturday evening after their kayaks overturned have been identified. (Courtesy: Emmett Township Public Safety)

The two adult males who were rescued alongside two young girls by Emmett Township officials Saturday evening after their kayaks overturned have been identified.

Aaron Hisel and Lamont Douglus were in the water with two young girls, who are believed to be their daughters.

Emmett Township dispatch received a call from Hisel, who was able to find land after capsizing, around 9:15 p.m. saying that a group had overturned. He was unable to identify their location, so dispatch used GPS to find their approximate location.

Officials deployed a boat from the Historic Bridge Park on South Wattles Road and used a squad car along South Raymond Road to locate the kayakers by suggesting the 911 caller follow the sound of their siren. About 15 minutes into the search, officials were able to locate the group and pull four total kayakers out of the water.

"Before you go off in the river, its good to know the area," Lt. Tony Geigle of the Emmett Township Public Safety Department said. "I don't recommend going out at night. A possible contributing factor was a lot of debris in the water from branches and stuff. With the rain we've had, the water is running pretty fast. It doesn't look like that, but once you're in it, it'll catch you pretty quick."

The two girls had borderline hypothermia, but did not require medical attention. No injuries were reported in the rescue.

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