Fishermen Help Rescue Kayaker Out Of Pamlico River

Fishermen rescued a man whose kayak capsized Thursday morning in the Pamlico River.

It happened around 11:15 a.m. at the Washington waterfront.

Brandon Hardison tells WITN that they were fishing not far from the waterfront when they spotted a man thrashing around in the water near the bulkhead. Hardison says while the man was only in chest deep water when he got to him the man was starting to turn red and purple. With the help of the dockmaster they were able to pull the man safely out of the river.

Water temperature in the river is in the 50s.

The man told authorities he was going camping on an island when his kayak turned over. One of the items on the kayak was a rifle and now police are trying to recover that weapon off of the river's bottom.

When Hardison isn't fishing he is chief photographer at WITN.

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  • by Was there Location: Washington,NC on Apr 12, 2011 at 12:21 AM
    this guy first of all did not seem like he was mentally altogether and he didn't have just a few shells more like 1,000!! Not really sure why you would need that many. And after he was saved, he got back on the kayak and was in the water again tryin to find his gun! But thanks anyway for people like Mr. Hardison. There are a few good people still out there.
  • by Crystal Location: Washington on Apr 8, 2011 at 09:41 AM
    Can we forget that he had a weapon and just be thankful that the man is Ok, whom ever the person was that their first thought after readin this was "why the gun" u must really just jump to the bad in situations and not the good and postive, just sayin!
  • by squeeky reel Location: L-Dub on Apr 7, 2011 at 09:16 PM
    did james finaly throw that brick
  • by M Location: Greenville on Apr 7, 2011 at 06:00 PM
    An important issue is being ignored. I conclude, because he was struggling, that he had on no life preserver. That seems a more serious issue than having a gun while outdoors.
  • by Anonymous on Apr 7, 2011 at 05:39 PM
    I agree. I grew up around this river and have killed my share of water moccasins.
  • by sad Location: bath on Apr 7, 2011 at 04:23 PM
    why does everybody have cut someone down all the time this is whats wrong with the world!!!!!!!!
  • by T from EC on Apr 7, 2011 at 04:06 PM
    Yeah man, load up don't forget the grenades Gotta be extra cautious around all those geese and sea gulls. What a joke bring a camera. Two cops fishin for a gun for over an hour Tax dollars at work
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      by Anonymous on Apr 7, 2011 at 08:46 PM in reply to T from EC
      Oh yes, they should just leave a firearm out there for anyone to find. Great idea.
  • by Mom Location: NC on Apr 7, 2011 at 03:03 PM
    Glad he is okay.
  • by Rogelio Location: greenville on Apr 7, 2011 at 02:07 PM
    Listen up comrades, in america i have the right to be armed at all times, without question. If you must ask why he had a rifle..........because he can, and....wait for's none of your business.
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      by Tina on Apr 7, 2011 at 03:06 PM in reply to Rogelio
      Very very very well said
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        by Don on Apr 7, 2011 at 04:58 PM in reply to Tina
        I totally agree! I rarely go out without my .40 cal pistol.
  • by Jim Location: Greenville on Apr 7, 2011 at 02:02 PM
    I'm a kayaker & almost always carry a stainless 38 loaded with 3 shot shells & 3 hollow points alternated.
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