BOWIE, Md. (June 19, 2009) - Friday at approximately 10:30 am, the Maryland Natural Resources Police responded to the Patuxent River for a report of a group of kayakers that were stranded in the river south of the Queen Anne's Bridge and south of the 4-H camp located in Bowie.
Nine kayakers became stranded in the river and were unable to safely make it back to shore due to the high water, swift currents and debris in the river. Thirty-one kayakers entered the river and twenty-two of the individuals made it back to shore on their own.
An NRP officer and a member of the Laurel Volunteer Rescue Unit effected a rescue using a swift-water rescue boat. NRP was assisted by the Prince Georges County Volunteer Marine Fire and Rescue Unit, Anne Arundel County Fire and Rescue, Prince Georges County Fire and Rescue, Prince Georges County and Maryland State Police.