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Tuber rescued on Apple River in Somerset

A woman who floated past warning signs ahead of the dam along the Apple River was rescued by a boater Thursday in the town of Somerset.

Somerset Fire Chief Travis Belisle said the 20-year-old woman went past the signs along the river and “ended up a few hundred feet from the dam.” Somerset firefighters were dispatched just after 7 p.m. to make the rescue – Belisle said there was “just no way to safely get off the river” – but a boater in a pontoon set off in the meantime, picked up the woman and brought her back upriver.

“Ended with the best case scenario,” Belisle said. “All parties in the group were reunited.”

The woman was not injured, he said.

The chief said the river is higher than normal above the dam to slow its feed into the St. Croix River, but it's not moving especially fast in the area the woman was rescued.

Such instances are preventable, Belisle said.

“The biggest thing with tubing is to follow the signs directing you to get out of the river to avoid such a dilemma,” he said. “And, as always, when consuming alcohol, do so in moderation while enjoying the river.”

Mike Longaecker

Mike Longaecker is the regional public safety reporter for RiverTown Multimedia. His coverage area spans St. Croix and Pierce counties. Longaecker served from 2011-2015 as editor of the Woodbury Bulletin. A University of Wisconsin-River Falls graduate, Longaecker previously reported for the Red Wing Republican Eagle and for the Forum Communications Minnesota Capitol Bureau. You can follow him on Twitter at @Longaecker

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