CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – An 80-year-old kayaker was found safe yesterday in Clarksville after she didn’t return home after dark.

News 2 spoke to Jim Eley with Clarksville Fire Rescue who said around 10 p.m., the kayakers daughter called 911 after she couldn’t reach her mother on the river.

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“They talked for a few minutes, then that’s when the phone dropped and that’s when she called 911,” Eley said.

Eley said all hands were on deck searching for the kayaker and a friend on the West Fork Red River.

He said the daughter’s “Find my Friends” app was a crucial part in finding the kayakers.  

“Any bit of information we can get in those situations is vital; it can turn a two-hour rescue recovery into a few minutes, and that’s what happened last night,” Eley said.

Eley said the iPhone app helped pinpoint the kayakers and cut the search time in half. 

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Despite an unnerving Fourth of July situation, he said both kayakers were found unharmed.