(Comox Valley Search and Rescue/Facebook)

Comox Valley Search and Rescue rescued eight kayakers on Tuesday, after they had become entangled in the Courtenay River.

On June 14th, the search and rescue team responded to a call of kayakers in distress on the Puntledge River near the Courtenay Airpark.

According to a post made on their Facebook page, two kayakers had become entangled in a strainer, a log protruding into the main river flow.

Strainers are considered a major hazard in moving water as water flow can trap individuals against the objects, often pushing them below the water’s surface.

When a group of six paddlers in an outrigger attempted to assist the pair, they too became tangled. 

In addition to Comox Valley Search and Rescue, police, fire and ambulance also attended the scene. 

Water rescue technicians performed the difficult rescue, ensuring there were no injuries sustained by the trapped kayakers. 

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