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Update: Missing kayaker found overnight along banks of Guadalupe River

Oct. 27, 2010 at 5:27 a.m.


A kayaker missing on the Guadalupe River was found about 2 a.m. Wednesday, the Victoria Fire Department reported.

A game warden found the woman uninjured somewhere between Farm-to-Market Road 447 and Loop 463. She was on the bank of the river, where she had pulled over to wait out the night, a fire department spokesman said. The name of the kayaker, thought to be in her late 40s, was not released.

The fire department was called shortly before 10:30 p.m. to search for the kayaker in the river near the 16000 block of Loop 463. The search focused on the river along the loop and in Riverside Park.

Fire Battalion Chief Roger Hempel said the woman separated from her partner, another woman kayaker, in rapid waters just after dark. The partner said she thought the missing woman was able to reach land.

The missing woman did not have a cell phone with her, he said.

The fire department's boats were not able to enter the river at the loop because of swift, shallow waters and gravel bars, Hempel said, but the fire department was able to place a boat in the water near FM 447.

While another boat was attempting to enter the water via private property in the 1700 block of Lower Mission Valley Road, two firefighters were searching by foot north of the loop.

Other agencies participating in the search were the Victoria Sheriff's Department, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department and the Quail Creek Volunteer Fire Department.

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