Hikers Rescued in Bedford Co. After Dangerous River Conditions

Hikers waiting to be rescued

Update 11:45 a.m.:

Bedford Co., VA - A dangerous canoe trip led to a late night rescue along the James River Thursday night.

Gary Roakes, director of public safety in Amherst County, says officials got the call for help around 7:20 p.m.

Roakes says six canoers from Franklin County had gotten off the river due to dangerous conditions. They were trying to hike down the river to Snowden for help, but got to a spot where they just couldn't pass.

Two hiked back to their boats for help.

Roakes says it took about 25 people and three boats to rescue them by water. Crews from Bedford, Lynchburg, Big Island, Forest and Amherst County responded.

There were no injuries.


Bedford Co., VA - There was a rescue late Thursday night in Bedford County on the Fourth of July.

Some hikers needed help along the Appalachian Trail near the Bedford/Amherst County line.

The Bedford Fire Department found them on the James River.

According to the fire department, they located the four exhausted hikers and loaded them onto boats.

It appears some of them may have hypothermia.