Canoeists on field trip rescued on York River

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JAMES CITY COUNTY, Va. (WAVY) — Several people on a canoe trip on the York River had to be rescued Thursday after windy conditions caused one of the canoes to capsize. 

The canoeists were with the Blue Sky Fund, a non-profit in Richmond that takes urban youth on outdoor learning trips, according to Chief Al Catlett with the James City County Fire Department. 

Rescue crews launched from Croaker Landing after receiving the distress call just before noon.

Catlett said 11 people in total were out on the river, and two fell into the water after their canoe capsized in the rough waters.

Those two and five others had to be helped to shore. The remaining four were able to safely return to shore on their own. 

One of the two who fell in the water was transported to Williamsburg Regional Medical Center for exposure. 

Catlett added everyone on the trip was wearing a life jacket. 

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