Archive for Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Rowers rescued from Kansas River after boats capsize

Rowers step off of a University of Kansas boat after being rescued from the bank of the Kansas River near the KU boathouse, Wednesday, May 17, 2017.

Rowers step off of a University of Kansas boat after being rescued from the bank of the Kansas River near the KU boathouse, Wednesday, May 17, 2017.

May 17, 2017, 9:50 a.m. Updated May 17, 2017, 5:13 p.m.


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.


Jim Haack 9 months, 1 week ago

Declined to answer questions. All guys. Probably frat related. Glad there were no injuries, but they're going to lose their deposit on the keg.

Terri Cook-Bednasek 9 months, 1 week ago

Thanks Jim Haack for immediately jumping to entirely wrong and negative assumptions. As one of these outstanding group of young men's Mothers, I greatly appreciate your comments. Just so you know, they are the KU Rowing Crew and were on the river as they are every single morning, usually by 6 am, training for an upcoming meet in Georgia. Don't make a scary event for everyone involved into something that it's not.

Monty Amick 9 months, 1 week ago

Terri, Thank you for saying what I was thinking. That's my brother and daughter in the picture helping those lads. Rock Chalk Jayhawk Row KU!

Terri Cook-Bednasek 9 months, 1 week ago

Monty, please thank your daughter and your brother for us, we are so grateful! My son is in that picture as well. That wasn't a welcome text to receive this morning as we are 500 miles away. I certainly didn't enjoy seeing such an uninformed and unnecessary comment after reading the news story. School has ended and here are this group of students still working hard every single day to represent their school in a positive way! I just don't understand people such as Jim Haack. This could have been an extremely tragic situation, but thankfully, everything turned out ok!

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