- Associated Press - Tuesday, January 12, 2016

SANFORD, N.C. (AP) - Three kayakers stranded in dangerous conditions on Cape Fear River in Lee County have been rescued by a team that arrived in two helicopters.

The North Carolina Division of Emergency Management said in a news release that a Helo-Aquatic Rescue Team, consisting of two Highway Patrol pilots and two Raleigh Fire Department rescue technicians, pulled the kayakers from the river without injury Sunday morning.

The three men, all in their mid-20s, were isolated in unusually high and turbulent waters, and water rescue crews couldn’t reach them.

Gov. Pat McCrory said in a statement that the incident demonstrated a good example of first responders and military personnel working together to save lives.

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