Hunter rescued but kayak still missing

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A stranded Augusta waterfowl hunter was rescued from the Savannah River shoals during the weekend after his kayak filled with water and was pushed downstream by unseasonably strong currents.

David Simmons, 42, had paddled upstream to a series of small islands in the river on Saturday – the opening day of Georgia’s waterfowl season.

The kayak was resting against a downed tree and filled with water. Mr. Simmons climbed out and tried to free the vessel, but the current pushed it under the log and it was swept downstream.

“All I could think of was, if I slipped, my waders would fill with water and I could get pinned under the log,” he said.

Although he was wearing a life jacket, he opted not to try to swim to shore and stayed on the island as darkness approached.

His cell phone, sealed in a zip-lock bag, was working. He called his wife, who connected him with a dispatcher from the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office.

“They sent the fire department up on jet skis to get me,” he said. “They were really quick, and those guys were great. They took me back to my car.”

By the time the firefighters arrived upstream from Augusta, it was already dark, and a light application on Mr. Simmons’ cell phone enabled them to locate him.

His kayak, a khaki-colored 9.5-foot Featherlite Angler with an older model Winchester autoloader shotgun inside, was lost and has not been recovered. Anyone who locates the kayak can contact Mr. Simmons via email at davidlsimmons@gmail.com.

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Mr. Thackeray
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Mr. Thackeray 11/23/09 - 01:14 pm
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Guess some wacko will blame

Guess some wacko will blame this on the Corps!

joe101
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joe101 11/23/09 - 01:21 pm
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Man almost drowned by Obama

Man almost drowned by Obama money

gargoyle
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gargoyle 11/23/09 - 01:22 pm
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With all the extra water

With all the extra water moving I've put the kayak away...The junk moving with the water will calm in a few days ... Mother nature acts like a crazy uncle at times ... If we find his stuff it will get back to him , thanks for the E-Mail address

Rob Pavey
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Rob Pavey 11/23/09 - 03:34 pm
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I'm glad he wasn't hurt and

I'm glad he wasn't hurt and had composure to stay put until someone could come and get him. Good for the RC Fire Department for sending someone so quickly.

humbleopinion
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humbleopinion 11/23/09 - 04:37 pm
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All the thugs will now be

All the thugs will now be scouring the river looking for the shotgun.

obkad
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obkad 11/23/09 - 04:48 pm
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Good job David, you stayed

Good job David, you stayed put and waited for the rescuers to come to you!!Too many times hunters and lost individuals try to gut it out and make their way out, only to have dire results. The main rule when lost, STAY WHERE YOU ARE, folks will come to you!!! Hats off to you!!!

gdhall
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gdhall 12/09/09 - 01:59 pm
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email address didn't work???

email address didn't work???

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