Woman stranded overnight on sandbar rescued from Kansas River

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JOHNSON COUNTY, Kan. — A woman is safe after being stuck on sandbar in the middle of a river early Monday morning.

Water rescue crews responded to reports of a woman being stranded in the Kansas River around 4:30 a.m.

The woman told rescuers that she got on the river around 5 p.m. Sunday and was driving a 23-foot long boat. The woman and the man who was with her then got stuck on a sandbar in the middle of the Kansas River because of low water levels.

Rescue crews say the man went to get help around midnight. He eventually was able to call 911 around 2:30 a.m.

Water rescue crews say the woman did not have any injuries. She was taken by boat to the nearest boat ramp.

Mark Billquist with Northwest Consolidated Fire Department said he does not recommend using motor boats on the Kansas River.

“It’s not really recommended because the Kansas River isn’t a very hospitable river, especially if the water is low or if it’s high,” Billquist said.

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