WINAMAC | Conservation officers and Tippecanoe River State Park employees saved the life of a 65-year-old LaPorte County man Tuesday following a kayaking accident.
According to the Indiana Department of Natural Resources, the man and his wife were kayaking on the Tippecanoe River near the state park in Pulaski County when his kayak hit an underwater obstruction and flipped over.
The man was thrown into the river and held onto a nearby snag until help arrived.
According to the DNR, state park visitors heard the man's cries for help and contacted park personnel. Indiana Conservation Officer Jeff Richwine responded in his patrol boat along with Mike Manion of the Tippecanoe River State Park.
Richwine and Manion worked together to rescue the man from the river. He was not injured in the incident.
Richwine, an Indiana River Rescue instructor, said the man had a life jacket but he could not access it in the kayak.
Richwine said the rescue could have been avoided if the man was wearing his life jacket.