Video: Hamilton County EMS reports three missing kayakers found safe

Video: Hamilton County EMS reports three missing kayakers found safe

November 28th, 2011 by Staff Report in Local - Breaking News

Emergency and rescue workers gather at the command post near Mowbry Mountain Monday. The workers are searching for three kayakers reported missing since Sunday. Recent heavy rains have swollen creeks and rivers.

Photo by Angela Lewis/Times Free Press.

Three male kayakers who failed to return home Sunday have reportedly been found safe.

Cody Stokes, 22, Jason McCroskey, 23, and David Levitt, 35, were found walking out of the Pocket Wilderness trails wet and hungry but uninjured, according to a news release from Hamilton County Emergency Services.

Earlier 14 rescue team members had headed to Paradise Falls in the Pocket Wilderness area on Mowbray Mountain to "watch" the falls for any sign of the three missing kayakers.

Mowbray Mountain Fire officials had previously reported that they had four teams going to the falls.

Fire personnel had also been stationed at the mouth of Chickamauga Creek to watch for the kayakers as well, Amy Maxwell of the Hamilton County Emergency Services said.

Emergency responders have been searching the Barker Park area in the Pocket Wilderness.

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