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By Valley News Dispatch
Monday, March 21, 2011

Two missing kayakers from Plum are safe after a mishap forced them to spend the night along the Kiskiminetas River.

Jaimie Simon, 22, and Zachary Becker, 23, were brought to the Avonmore Life Savers EMS service shortly after 9 a.m. by an unidentified man who found them near the Edmon Bridge between Westmoreland and Armstrong counties.

Both were uninjured and left the EMS station to go home about 10:30 a.m.

Simon said she and Becker were kayaking last evening downriver from Edmon when struck a submerged tree, which dragged her kayak underwater. Becker managed to grab Simon and get her to shore safely.

Becker managed to start a fire — Simon "had turned blue" from being submerged in the frigid Kiski's water — and they were forced to spend the night.

The pair began walking east along the riverbank at daylight and were found by the unidentified man, who drove them to the EMS station.

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