At least eight people reportedly associated with the University of Kansas’ rowing team were rescued Wednesday morning from the banks of the Kansas River.
Two boats — a crew boat and a launch boat — capsized in the river Wednesday morning and sent the occupants into the waters, said Lawrence-Douglas County Fire Medical Capt. Pat Talkington. He could not immediately say why the boats capsized, though he said high winds may have played a role.
Conditions along the river were windy Wednesday morning and the water was choppy.
Around 9:30 a.m. the boats’ occupants could be seen north of KU’s boathouse along the river’s west bank, perhaps a quarter mile upstream. There they waited until additional boats were able to pick them up.
No injuries were reported.
Talkington said the rowers were affiliated with the university, but the precise nature of that affiliation was not immediately clear. The KU boathouse is the base for the University-funded women’s rowing team, as well as a co-ed club team, KU Crew. The eight people rescued were all men and rowers on the scene declined to answer questions about the incident.
After the men were rescued, a KU boat and an emergency responder boat, towed the two capsized boats back to shore.
Additional information was not immediately available.