Four people rescued from southside rocks at Belle Isle

River rescue on the southside rocks at Belle Isle. Photo by Dwight Nixon, NBC12Report from NBC12

Four people were rescued from the southside rocks at Belle Isle in downtown Richmond Friday afternoon.  One by one, the group of young adults who went about 50 feet from the shoreline onto the rocks to do some homework ended up getting hauled back onto shore. Rescuers were in a fight against time. The sun was setting as the last person was pulled to safety. Two guys and two girls, rescuers say these four made the right call, by not trying to get back to shore on their own.    

There’s no law that prohibits people from getting in the James River, but once the water levels hit 9 feet or higher, the law requires a permit to canoe, swim, or even climb on the rocks. Lifejackets are required above 5 feet. Check James River levels with the Richmond Westham Gauge.


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