Bystander Saves Kayaker in Daring Rescue in Six Mile Creek, Alaska

StoryfulPublished: August 17, 2017Updated: August 18, 2017
Published: August 17, 2017Updated: August 18, 2017

Bystanders team up to save a kayaker that got caught in rapid waters in Six Mile Creek, Alaska, on August 12. Onlooker James Bennett caught the moment amateur kayaker Obadiah Jenkins was caught in a current and hit a submerged mid-channel rock causing his kayak to flip and him to be thrown into the chilly water. Bennett, standing on the opposite side of the creek, can be heard shouting for help as he watched Jenkins being taken by the rapid water. A bystander, Daniel Hartung, rushed to help Jenkins by throwing a rope which Jenkins held onto while three other people arrived to help pull him out of the water. Soon other arrived on the scene and Hartung gave the rope Jenkins was holding onto to the others while he tied a second rope to himself and bravely jumped in the water and grabbed onto Jenkins. Both men were pulled out of the water by the kayaker on land but Hartung was unconscious at the time he was pulled out of the water. The kayakers on land took turn resuscitating Hartung until he regained consciousness. Jenkins attended the Six-Mile Creek Whitewater and Bluegrass Festival with intentions of being a spectator at the event but he was later persuaded by his friends to join in the festivities in celebration of his 33rd birthday. Jenkins and Hartung had minor injuries from the event but are both doing well. Credit: James Bennett via Storyful

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