Fire department helps rescue six stranded river tubers

Monticello firefighters helped rescue six stranded Mississippi River tubers after they misjudged their float time during a Labor Day weekend evening excursion.

According to Fire Chief Steve Joerg, the Monticello Fire Department received a pager call around 11:30 p.m. Aug. 30 reporting a woman was in the river and screaming for help.

While en route with Assistant Chief Daryl Gilles, Joerg received an updated report that stated some of the river rafters were at the Big Oaks Campground on the Sherburne County side of the river. “We checked it out to get more information, and found out that two of the tubers had been rescued,” he said.

However, Joerg and Gilles quickly learned there were four more people still out on the river. “They had been left on one of the islands about two or three miles upriver,” Joerg said. “Because of the darkness and the terrain, we had to send somebody out to go get them.”

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