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Chatfield Fire Department rescues seven from Root River over the weekend

By Mitchell Walbridge

Mon, Jun 23rd, 2014

CHATFIELD, Minn - According to the Fillmore County Sheriff's Office, seven people were rescued from the Root River on Sunday after they experienced problems while tubing.

Fillmore County Daryl Jensen reported that the Sheriff's Office received a 911 emergency call just after 5 p.m. Sunday evening from a person who had stopped at the wayside rest area just south of Chatfield. The caller reported hearing people yelling for help.

The Chatfield Fire Department was dispatched to the scene. Upon arrival the team pulled three adults and four children, ranging in age from 7 to 10 years old, from the river within 20 minutes of responding. The Chatfield Ambulance also responded to the scene and did end up transporting one of the children to an area hospital for treatment of 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 in order to get everyone out safely.

Sheriff Jensen said the group experienced problems with the high water and rapid current. At least one tube was cut when it got tangled up in a tree.

Jensen insists that people need to check ahead to see how the recent heavy rainfall has affected the area rivers that are used for recreation. Jensen said unless they are experienced they should consider waiting until the waters have receded before going out.

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