MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – A Minneapolis couple are thankful to be alive after one of their kayaks turned over in the Mississippi River Saturday afternoon.
The Mantles were going to paddle out in their kayaks a little ways and then come back to the river bank, but were unprepared to handle the swift moving water.
“About 50 feet from the bridge my paddle snapped, and then I drifted, I hit the dead limbs right there and just flipped,” said Mr. Mantle.
Fortunately, several people saw what happened and called for help. The Mantles say they were very happy with the response to their situation, which could have been much worse.
The water on the river is moving very fast due to the heavy rains we saw last month.
The couple described the water in some areas of the river as rapids.
The Army Corps of Engineers are warning boaters to use extreme caution on the river right now.