The Kent Fire Department is asking people who left behind kayaks after being rescued this summer to pick up their boats at the main fire station.
Kent Fire Chief John Tosko said this week there are three kayaks at the Kent Fire Department’s main station. None of the kayaks has numbers on them so Tosko said it has been more difficult to find the owners.
At least 24 rescues have been made in Kent on the Cuyahoga River because of unusually high water and rapid currents near the Main Street Bridge. The water is high this summer — in part because of heavy rain earlier in the season but also because Akron city engineers let water out of Lake Rockwell in June so as not to stress the dam.
The Ohio Department of Natural Resources' Division of Parks and Watercraft requires that kayaks, canoes, pedal boats, sailboats, powerboats and inflatable boat be registered with the state. Kayaks and canoes do not need to be titled to show proof of ownership, according to the department’s website.
The Kent Parks Department was able to find an owner of a craft that did have a registration, Tosko said.
To reclaim a kayak, Tosko said people should call the fire department at 330-673-8814 and give a description of their kayaks. Photos of the person with the kayak, possibly going down a river, are even better, he said. The person then needs to go to the main fire station at 320 S. Depeyster St. in downtown Kent across from the police station to claim the kayak.
The fire department will hold on to the kayaks for at least another month, Tosko said, but if they are not claimed, they might be sold at a city auction or donated.
“I would like to reunite them with their kayaks,” Tosko said.
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