Kayakers Stranded On Mississippi Island

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SAUK RAPIDS, Minn. (AP/WCCO) — Two kayakers swept up in the fast-moving Mississippi River were rescued after they became stranded on an island.

Stearns County sheriff’s officials say a bicyclist on a trail in the Sauk Rapids Lions Park heard calls for help Monday afternoon from the stranded kayakers – 21-year-old Kenneth Larkey and 16-year-old Steven Larkey.

The sheriff’s department and a Department of Natural Resources officer launched a rescue boat and retrieved the two who had never navigated the Mississippi River before.

They told authorities they had trouble controlling their kayaks in the swift-moving river and ended up on the island, calling for help.

Police said the Mississippi River and the Sauk River are both currently fast-moving waters. They should only be navigated by those with the proper equipment, skill and training.

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