Seven people rescued from Root River
Tuesday, June 24, 2014 4:11 AM
Seven people were rescued from the Root River Sunday, June 22, after they experienced problems while tubing.
According to Fillmore County Sheriff Daryl Jensen, the Sheriff's Office received a 911 call just before 5 p.m. from a person who had stopped at the wayside rest area south of Chatfield. The caller reported hearing people yelling for help.
The Chatfield Fire Department was dispatched to the scene and was able to pull three adults and four children, ages from 7 to 10, from the river within 20 minutes of their arrival. Chatfield Ambulance had also responded to the scene and transported one of the children who suffered minor injuries.
Chatfield Fire Chief Keith Bradt reported that no one in the group had life jackets. Bradt said he had three of his firemen in the water to get everyone out safely.
Jensen said the group experienced problems with the high water and rapid current and at least one tube was cut when it got tangled up in a tree.
Jensen stated that people need to check ahead to see how the heavy rains have affected the area rivers that are used for recreation. He said that unless they are experienced they should consider waiting until the waters have receded before going out.