On Monday May 25th around 3pm, Morganton Public Safety was dispatched to a water rescue along the Catawba River. Once on scene it was determined that a kayaker had fallen out of their kayak in the fast moving river and was in distress, in addition to two other people with them. Shortly after the original dispatch, the caller told Burke County Communication Center that another person trying to rescue the kayaker and their passengers were also stuck in the water and needed help. Crews stationed themselves along the river strategically to locate the four people, communicate with them, and begin the rescue process. They were located on the banks of the river hanging on to trees to avoid being swept away in the current. With the coordination and help from Burke County EMS, Burke County Communication Center, Burke County Rescue Squad, fire and police personnel from MDPS and Burke County Emergency Management, all four people were quickly assisted to safety, removed from the water and evaluated by medical personnel. MDPS reminds outdoor enthusiasts to monitor water levels and conditions before boating and kayaking to avoid potentially dangerous situations made by rising water levels.