MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – A tram along the St. Croix River malfunctioned Wednesday afternoon, ejecting a 9-year-old girl and her 21-year-old brother.

The siblings free fell 15 feet and were seriously injured.

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The private property tram is used to take people from atop the bluff near Houlton, Wisconsin, down to the river.

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Rescuers used boats to reach the man and girl, and they were taken first to Wolf Marina in Stillwater and then to Regions Hospital.

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The siblings were both conscious at the time of the rescue.