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All safe after water rescue in Sioux Falls

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Sioux Falls Fire Rescue says all the people involved in a water rescue in north Sioux Falls are safe after their kayak and canoe were stuck in the mud along the Big Sioux River.

Shortly after 12 p.m. emergency crews were dispatched to the Big Sioux River near Rice Street and Timberline Avenue in north Sioux Falls. Fire Captain Michael Koopman said a couple of adults and teens were stranded along the shoreline.

Koopman said the first dispatch report indicated there was no immediate danger and everyone was safe and out of the water. However, Sioux Falls Fire Rescue still put two boats in the water, near the boaters and downstream.

"Right away they were maybe a little nervous but once they got to the shore line I think everybody calmed down," Koopman said. "They were thankful they were able to get out and maybe a little embarrassed at a point, but I think everything was fine and all was well."

Koopman said the party was doing everything correctly; they had life jackets and cellphones for an emergency. However, he said things could have gotten worse because of the higher and fast moving water.

"[The water] is high for this time of the year. We've had decent rainfall up north and that's making its way down," Fire Captain Michael Koopman said.

No one was injured in the ordeal. The adults and teens went home safely.

Emergency crews also found two other kayaks that did not belong to Thursday's rescue party. Koopman said one of those boats will be returned to a rental place and the other will be sent to the Brandon Police Department for someone to claim.

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