RALEIGH, North Carolina (WTVD) — Two kayakers were rescued Tuesday afternoon on the swollen Neuse River.

It happened near Highway 64 and Poole Road in Raleigh.

Chief David Cates of Eastern Wake Fire Rescue said they got a call at 5:19 p.m. Paramedics in an ambulance driving by over the Neuse River on I-495 actually spotted the women in the water and called it in.

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One of them had lost her paddles and her friend had tried to help. At one point, both boats were flipped over and both kayakers were floating down the river.

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Chopper 11 HD flew over the scene and the images actually helped guide rescuers to the kayakers, and not a moment too soon.

“Water temperature is about 50, 60 degrees, we were about hypothermia,” said Captain William Boggs with Eastern Wake Fire Rescue.

They were able to reach the women in about 10 minutes. One of them was not wearing a life jacket.

“Today, the lady was very lucky she held onto the kayak until we got there,” said Captain Boggs.

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