DE SOTO, Mo. -

A man from eastern Missouri is recovering after falling from a kayak into a frigid river.  Joe Sullivan, 50, who lives in a rural area near De Soto, was kayaking in the Big River in Jefferson County on Sunday afternoon when he fell into the river.  Sullivan grabbed a branch to stay afloat in the river swollen by rain and snow melt.

Sullivan picked his cellphone out of a plastic bag and called 911. He floated about two miles before he was able to climb out of the river. Rescuers from the De Soto Rural Fire District found Sullivan on a riverbank, cold but okay.


Information from St. Louis Post-Dispatch