CHASE — Baltimore County Fire Department officials say half a dozen kayakers were rescued during a severe storm on Saturday afternoon.
The paddlers were stuck near Middle River, where the National Weather Service had issued a severe thunderstorm warning with possible winds of up to 60 miles per hour for most of the afternoon, and noted a potential for isolated damaging storms until 7 p.m.
Officials said that first responders were dispatched to the 7400 block of Graces Quarters Road in Chase just after 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, after someone called 911 upon seeing overturned kayaks during the storm.
Marine Emergency Team 21, a division of the Community Fire Department of Bowleys Quarters, deftly conducted the rescues.
The group of kayakers had been caught in the Saturday downpour, said Marine Emergency Team 21. Marine Unit 217 rescued the boaters.
One person was experiencing a medical emergency due to the conditions, officials said. After their maritime rescue, the boaters were seen by emergency medical personnel with the Baltimore County Fire Department at Dundee Creek Marina.
No one was hospitalized and all were rescued safely and successfully, officials said Saturday around 5 p.m.