MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – Six people had to be rescued after life jackets and coolers were seen floating down the Sauk River near Spring Hill Township Friday night, authorities said.
The Stearns County Sheriff’s Department received the call at about 5:53 p.m. When authorities arrived, they had received a second call that two people had their canoe tipped over and they were stranded in the Sauk River holding on to tree branches to keep from floating away.
Sheriff’s deputies were able to locate the canoers by getting a signal from their cell phone, threw them a rope and they were pulled two safety. The other four men were able to get their canoes to shore and take them out of the river, authorities said.
The six men were canoeing down the Sauk River and were planning to camp out at Spring Hill Park. The Melrose Fire Department also assisted at the scene.