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Canoe capsizes in rough water on Eno River

Posted March 25, 2012
Updated March 26, 2012

A swift-water rescue team saved a man and his two children whose canoe capsized on the Eno River in Durham Sunday after recent rains caused high water levels and strong currents.
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— A canoe carrying a man and his two children capsized on the Eno River in Durham Sunday after recent rains caused high water levels and strong currents.

The family held on to logs in the river until a swift water rescue team arrived to pull them out.

South Orange Rescue Squad Chief Matthew Mauzy said the conditions on the water Sunday were especially rough. Man, kids rescued after canoe capsizes Man, kids rescued after canoe capsizes

"The water is unrelenting. It is going to continue pushing you and moving you no matter what you do," Mauzy said. "If you are in an unprepared situation in an environment you are not used to, you can quickly get into trouble."

No one was injured.

Rescuers also had to save two people who fell out of their canoe on the Haw River Sunday. 

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  • fauxpaws2000 Mar 26, 2012

    Guy's going to probably need rescue from his WIFE when she finds out.

  • riverlover Mar 26, 2012

    ok now...openmind...are you kidding me?...he should have to pay for his rescue and be thankful he was not charged with child neglect. there were no placid waters...the eno was swollen...period. when he "put in" the river was swollen...guess he thought he could do some "whitewater"...give me a break...I paddle the eno on a regular basis and if you boat you should know the waterlevels in advance and the weather, etc. http://www.enoriver.org/eno/Activities/paddling/paddling.htm "know the river and know your abilities" do not subject your child to danger ....nuf said

  • Chairman of the Bored Mar 26, 2012

    "Please stop hating and judging. Placid waters can change downstream, unbeknownst to a boater. "

    What kind of person with any sense would get in a canoe on the Haw or Eno River after several inches of rain in the past few days. Both were running high and wide. He should be lucky he and his kids are ok and a bill for the rescue to give him some common sense for the future.

  • rayh Mar 26, 2012

    He needs to get a bill and a ticket, even downstream where the river meets the lake was running wide open and all sorts of logs and junk coming down.

  • OpenM1nd Mar 26, 2012

    Please stop hating and judging. Placid waters can change downstream, unbeknownst to a boater. If everyone were following proper safety procedures, such as wearing a life jacket, then there is no abuse.

  • not my real name Mar 26, 2012

    what do you expect when it's rained 5 of the last 7 days?

  • superflames Mar 26, 2012

    I'm looking forward to canoeing on the Eno with my kids, but no way would I be out there yesterday. Did you see how swollen and muddy it was?

    I'm glad no one was hurt. Apparently they were prepared for the possibility of being in the water; otherwise you'd expect to hear of injuries or worse.

  • Triumph Mar 26, 2012

    Dummy dad. With his kids along on a rain swollen river>

  • dryjr Mar 26, 2012

    he should be charged for the expense of the rescue and possibly child abuse