Fire, police rescue snowmobiler

Crews rescued a snowmobiler Feb. 26, after he went over the Rum River Dam in Anoka.

Police and the Anoka Champlin Fire Department responded around 6:15 p.m. when the call came in that a man who had been snowmobiling with a group had gone over 25 foot dam.

The 21-year-old male was going fast enough that he cleared the open water, landed on the ice and was not submerged in the river, said Anoka-Champlin Fire Chief Charlie Thompson. The victim was ejected from his snowmobile, which kept on going.

Thompson said rescue crews responded just like they have practiced over and over again for a river rescue.

“It went well because there is a fair amount of ice on the river right now,” said Thomspon.

Wearing survival suits and tethered from above, rescuers went onto the river and were able to assess the victim, stabilize him in a Stokes basket and extricate him from the ice.

From the time the call came in, the rescue took 30 minutes, said Thompson.

“It was a textbook rescue,” said Thompson. “Our crew did an awesome job.”

Thompson said the man was conscious and able to lift his head and to talk to emergency responders during the rescue. At this time, the extent of his injuries are not known.

Thompson said the river is clearly marked above the dam and it is not common for snowmobilers to go over.


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