Victoria emergency medical officials responded to a 911 distress call from a participant in the Texas Water Safari Tuesday afternoon.

The call was a false alarm caused by faulty equipment carried by the racer, said Kevin Allen, battalion chief with the Victoria Fire Department.

EMS was dispatched to Levee Road, southwest of Bloomington and near the Guadalupe River, for the call.

Before their rescue boat could touch the water, race officials located the racer who sent out the distress signal and confirmed that they were OK, Allen said.

All of the participants in the race are required to have a device aboard their canoe or kayak that dials 911 automatically with the press of a button.

The Texas Water Safari also has officials who travel the river to assist any participants who may need help.

Water Safari officials declined to release the name of the racer who accidentally signaled for help.

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