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Emergency responders rescue kayaker in Crosslake

A strong current in the Pine River caused a kayaker to become pinned to a tree Tuesday, June 17, in Crosslake. Photo by Jonalyn Lahr

A 53-year-old New Jersey woman was rescued Tuesday when the kayak she was in overturned in the Pine River a short distance down river from the Corps of Engineers dam in Crosslake, Crow Wing County Sheriff Todd Dahl reported.

The kayaker, identified as Ann Weissman, was rescued by members of the Crosslake Fire Department who were the first to respond to the incident reported at 11:53 a.m.

After her kayak overturned, Weissman was pinned to a tree because of the extremely strong current. Rescuers were unable to free her from the tree due to the current, at which time the Army Corps of Engineers shut down the dam in order for the water level to subside.

Weissman was checked over by medical personnel but was not transported as she was uninjured. Weissman was wearing a life jacket and a helmet.

Dahl reminds the public that with all the rain that Crow Wing County and surrounding areas have received, that the water levels are extremely high and river and streams have strong currents. Boaters are reminded to wear their life jackets.

Responding to this incident were the Crow Wing County Sheriff's Water Patrol, Crosslake fire and police departments and the Army Corps of Engineers.

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