West Dundee firefighters rescue stranded kayaker on Fox River

West Dundee firefighters on Wednesday rescued a man who became stranded without a paddle while kayaking on a portion of Fox River that was still closed by recent flooding, officials say.

Firefighters responded at 3:17 p.m. to West Dundee's South End Park, where a 24-year-old man in a kayak had become stuck against a tree and wedged under a foot bridge, according to a news release. The West Dundee Fire Department was not immediately available to comment.

When firefighters arrived, the man had lost his paddle and was struggling to break free from the tree, according to the release.

Officials pulled the man and his kayak to a nearby shore and explained the river is still at flood stage and closed to recreational boaters.

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