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Rescue team saves kayaker in Willow Lake

Matt Hinshaw/The Daily Courier<br/>An unidentified 35-year-old man walks to shore bundled up in towels and blankets after his single-person kayak turned over in Willow Lake Thursday afternoon.  <br/>

Matt Hinshaw/The Daily Courier<br/>An unidentified 35-year-old man walks to shore bundled up in towels and blankets after his single-person kayak turned over in Willow Lake Thursday afternoon. <br/>

The Prescott Fire Department's technical rescue team rescued a 35-year-old man who overturned his kayak in Willow Lake Thursday afternoon.

The team responded to a 2:30 p.m. call and found the man treading water in the lake while holding onto the kayak, spokesperson Eric Kriwer said.

The team got the man into its boat and retrieved the kayak.

The man refused treatment. Officials didn't get his name. Life Line ambulance and Prescott police were there to help.

Winds in the area were gusting to about 25 mph at that time and producing whitecaps on the lake. The air temperature was about 60 degrees.

"Our lakes aren't large bodies, but kayakers should use caution," Kriwer advised.

Wear life jackets and appropriate clothing, he said. This time of year a wetsuit would be a good idea, since water temperatures still are quite cold and hypothermia can set in quickly, Kriwer said.

The kayaker put on his life jacket after falling into the water, Kriwer said. He was wearing jeans, T-shirt and tennis shoes.

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