from The Wichita Eagle, August 1, 2016
Bergkamp has been hailed as a hero for his efforts to save a woman in his kayaking group who had fallen into the water.
Police have said he was kayaking with four friends, a man and three women, when they hit churning water under the 21st Street Bridge.
According to the account provided by the woman Bergkamp saved, two of the women and Bergkamp’s fellow seminarian were able to paddle through the rushing, swirling water beneath the bridge, but the back end of her kayak was sucked under the water.
When the kayak tipped, she fell out of it. She had a life jacket, but was not wearing it at the time.
Bergkamp was behind her, wearing his life jacket. Instead of paddling through the churning waters, he stopped to help.
He was calm the entire time, trying to get the two of them to a metal ladder attached to a support under the bridge.
From his kayak, he threw her the life jacket she had lost, which had floated away when she fell in the water.
Because of the over-the-head style of the life jacket, the water sucked it off shortly after she put it on.
Then Bergkamp’s kayak overturned.
Somehow, she was able to get out of the current. After that, she was floating on her back in the river until the other seminarian came in his kayak to pull her to shore.
No one saw Bergkamp after his kayak capsized.
When Anaya found the life vest on Saturday, the large wooden rosary was tangled in the prongs that would have slipped into the clasp that secures the vest. The cross was gone, but the loop of rope with the wooden beads remained intact.
A member of the Bergkamp family said Monday afternoon they had not been contacted about the vest and rosary.
“It’s just too coincidental” that the rosary was dangling from the vest, Anaya said. He’s hoping the rosary is Bergkamp’s and can be returned to the family.
“That’s been my intention from the start,” he said.
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