KEYSER - As water levels climbed higher and higher due to recent heavy rains, local police and rescue personnel were kept busy over the weekend with two water rescues near Keyser.

By Barbara High
bhigh@newstribune.info
Tribune Staff Writer
KEYSER - As water levels climbed higher and higher due to recent heavy rains, local police and rescue personnel were kept busy over the weekend with two water rescues near Keyser.
Saturday morning, an unidentified man attempted to kayak down New Creek. As he approached the spill way by the water filtration plant, however, he was immediately sucked backward and flipped over into the turbulent water after clearing the small waterfall.
A video circulating Facebook shows the man desperately trying to paddle ahead and to clear the spillway - to no avail.
In the video you can see the kayak topple and the man go under the water as those watching yell for help.
A call was placed to Mineral County 911. Before emergency responders arrived, however, a man identified by witnesses as Nelson Guerin braved the cold waters to help the man to shore.
The kayaker was then transported for emergency medical care in a personal vehicle, according to the Keyser Police Department.
Then, on Sunday morning, another call came into 911 from a male who said he had been taking a nap on a high spot on the island in the Potomac River right before 6 a.m. The individual said when he awoke, the water had came up and surrounded him.
The Allegany County Swift Water Rescue Team, Allegany County Rope Rescue, and Tri-Towns EMS responded. A boat was deployed and the man was rescued without incidence.