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Kayaker rescued from Mississippi River

June 24, 2014
Associated Press

ST. CLOUD, Minn. (AP) — Crews have rescued a kayaker who was stranded on a downed tree in the Mississippi River near St. Cloud.

Emergency personnel were called to the Sauk Rapids Bridge around 1:30 p.m. Monday on reports of a kayaker in the water.

Twenty-one-year-old Anita Henningsgaard of St. Cloud and her fellow kayaker were wearing lifejackets when the current carried Henningsgaard into the path of a fallen tree. Using a rope, a deputy and a St. Cloud firefighter helped Henningsgaard walk along the trunk of the tree to safety.

The St. Cloud Times ( ) reports Henningsgaard walked away on her own and didn't require first aid.

Stearns County Sheriff John Sanner says people should stay out of the water until normal levels and current return.


Information from: St. Cloud Times,



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