7 Tubers, 1 Kayaker Capsize In Waters Across The State

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – Officials around the state are reminding people to be careful in recreational waters as heavy rains have caused high water and rapid current.

In Fillmore County, seven people were rescued from the Root River on Sunday after they experienced trouble while tubing.

According to Fillmore County Sheriff Daryl Jensen, authorities responded to a rescue call around 5 p.m.

A person had stopped at a rest area south of Chatfield and heard people yelling for help.

The Chatfield Fire Department was then sent to the scene.

They pulled three adults and four children, ages 7 to 10, out of the water.

None of them had life jackets.

According to the sheriff’s office, the group had trouble because of rapid currents and at least one tube got caught up in a tree.

One child suffered minor injuries and was transported by the Chatfield Ambulance.

In Stearns County, officials received multiple calls about kayaker who capsized on the Mississippi.

According to the Stearns County Sheriff’s Office, authorities responded to calls at 1:26 p.m. Monday about a kayaker who was hanging onto a tree in the Mississippi River.

Upon arrival found Anita Henningsgaard , 21, hanging to  a downed tree near the 9th Avenue Bridge.

Crews were able to bring Henningsgaard safely to the bank of the river.

She was not injured.

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