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Two people rescued near Conowingo Dam on Memorial Day

Water rescue teams pulled two people out of the Susquehanna River near Conowingo Dam after reports of a missing kayaker early afternoon on Memorial Day.

Rescue personnel and watercraft were staged along the river south of the dam near the Rock Run Road area in Susquehanna State Park, according to monitored Harford County emergency radio broadcasts shortly before 12:30 p.m.

The two people were rescued at about 1:30 p.m. and taken to Lapidum Landing, which is along the west bank of the river north of the I-95 Millard E. Tydings Memorial Bridge. They had non-life-threatening issues, according to the Harford County Fire & EMS Association.

Candy Thomson, spokeswoman for the Maryland Natural Resources Police, said Tuesday one person was taken to Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center in Baltimore to be treated for hypothermia.

Thomson said the person had been in the water for about an hour. The other kayaker was not taken to a hospital for medical treatment.

The identities of the people rescued were not made public.

Rich Gardiner, spokesman for the Harford County Volunteer Fire & EMS Association, stated in an e-mail Tuesday the responding companies included the Darlington Volunteer Fire Company, which was the lead company, Susquehanna Hose Company of Havre de Grace, Level Volunteer Fire Company, Water Witch Fire Company of Port Deposit and the Harford County Technical Rescue Team.

Thomson said two Natural Resources Police officers also responded.

"It was a lot of local effort on this one," she said.

The Fire & EMS Association's media Facebook Page reported around 12:08 p.m. a kayaker was in the water just south of the dam.

Medic units were requested in the 500 block of Stafford Road in Susquehanna State Park shortly before 1 p.m., according to monitored emergency radio broadcasts.

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