Kevin Allen, battalion chief with the Victoria Fire Department, says the department received a distress call from a participant in the Texas Water Safari Tuesday afternoon. Race officials talked with the participant and said the water rescue was not necessary. The distress signal was sent by malfunctioning equipment.

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