(Madison, Ind.) - A Walsh Construction Company worker rescued a kayaker on the Ohio River Tuesday morning after the man’s kayak overturned near the Milton-Madison Bridge.
Bruce Cornelius, who operates Walsh’s crew boat, said he saw the man’s kayak flip over at about 11:30 a.m. With high river levels and a swift current, Cornelius said he could immediately tell the man was in distress. Cornelius was able to reach the man, pulling him to safety on the crew boat.
Cornelius said the man, who was not wearing a life vest, was visibly shaken and vomiting water, but otherwise appeared unharmed.
The kayaker, identified only as “Steve,” and believed to be from Carrollton, was taken safely to shore in Milton, Ky., aboard the Walsh crew boat. The man’s kayak and other belongings were retrieved by another Walsh worker, Hank Skipper, a tug boat operator.
The kayaker, who had launched his boat from the Milton boat ramp, did not seek immediate medical attention. The victim reportedly indicated that he “would not have made it” if it had not been for Cornelius.