PORT ORANGE, Fla. – A 78-year-old canoer and an 82-year-old canoer who were stranded for a day were rescued by officers with the Port Orange Police Department on Sunday.
Police said around 10:40 a.m. on Sunday officers were dispatched to Cracker Creek in the area of the 1700 block of Taylor Road in Port Orange.
Investigators said Thomas E. Kohrs and Wayne G. Foit rented a canoe and launched into Spruce Creek around 2 p.m. on Saturday, according to police.
Foit told News 6 they headed up the creek to try and see a gator.
“There were no gators up there so we turned around to come down and when we turned around the water was like a foot lower,” he said.
The tide dropped and Foit said they hit a log.
“When we did slide over it but as we did he fell sideways and the whole canoe (flipped),” he said.