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Kayaking brothers rescued from Colorado River by police officers

Men told police they thought they would drown
Posted at 11:23 AM, Apr 20, 2017

Two kayakers had to be rescued from the Colorado River around 1:40 a.m. April 20.

According to the Bullhead City Police Department, they received multipled calls from concerned citizens who said they could hear the men calling for help.

When Police Officers Raymond Limon and Zacariah Turnbull arrived on scene, one of the men yelled that his brother only had one arm and could not hang on much longer.

Instead of waiting for a rescue boat to arrive, the officers jumped into the river and pulled the men to safety.

The two men, who are brothers, told police they decided to go kayaking between 9 and 10 p.m. last night.

When one of the kayaks was caught in a whirlpool, it flipped over and began filling with water. The brother who had been tossed into the water grabbed the other kayak in panic, causing it to fill with water.

The brothers said the water was extremely cold and they were scared they were going to drown. They had been yelling for about 40 to 45 minutes before a woman yelled back that she had called 911.

The men who were rescued were 22-year-old Tyler Graae of Fort Mohave, Arizona, and 24-year-old Nathan Graae of Mesa, Arizona. They were transported to a local hospital for evaluations.