Woman, children rescued from James River rocks

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RICHMOND, Va. — Virginia State Police and the Richmond Fire Department rescued a woman and two girls from the rocks near Belle Isle in Richmond Saturday afternoon.

The group made it out onto the rocks, but was unable to get back due to high water.

They used a cell phone to call for help.

No one was hurt.

The James River water level rose Saturday due to heavy rain to the west. The river is expected to crest at 12.5 feet by Sunday morning, according to the National Weather Service.

By law, when water levels reach five feet and above at the Westham gauge (on the river left just upstream of the Huguenot Bridge) everyone on the river must wear a lifejacket.