Grayson County first responders rescue woman stranded in New River

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GRAYSON COUNTY, Va. (WFXR) — First responders in Grayson County rescued a woman Saturday morning after she ended up stranded in the New River.

According to the Independence Volunteer Fire Department, crews were dispatched at 11:12 a.m. on Saturday, May 23 to a report of a subject stranded in the New River. However, as members of the department arrived, a Virginia Conservation Police Officer and the Galax Assistant Fire Chief had already reached the woman and brought her back the the shoreline where firefighters were waiting.

The Independence Volunteer Fire Department told WFXR News the woman waded out to a canoe and kayak that were chained to a tree in the middle of the river, but she could not free the boats and was unable to return to shore without assistance. Fortunately, the woman was unharmed by the incident, according to the department.

“Everyone please use caution as the river is still high and dangerous,” the Independence Volunteer Fire Department wrote in Saturday’s Facebook post.

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