7/26/2013 10:25:00 AM Fisherman helps struggling tuber
by Ken Haggerty
Eufemio Cedillo, South St. Paul, helped a 13-year-old Zumbrota boy out of a precarious situation on Saturday, July 20 in the Cannon River.
The boy was with a group of about 15 people, adults and children, who had an assortment of canoes, tubes and kayaks and were just heading down the Cannon River for a trip on a hot day, according to police and sheriff's reports.
The 13-year-old got separated from the group and then hung up in some rapids near the Third Street Bridge at about 3:10 p.m. and was pushed toward some low-lying branches, where he was dislodged from his tube. He was not wearing a life jacket.
The boy tried to hang onto the branches but the current was too strong. Cedillo, fishing off the shoreline, saw the boy was struggling to keep his head above water and jumped in and helped the boy.
Another group coming downstream on a raft helped Cedillo get the boy to the shore and safety. He was taken by the Cannon Falls ambulance and checked out as a precaution.
Cannon Falls Police Chief Jeff McCormick said that the Cannon River is still seeing the influx of heavy rainfalls from the previous weekend in the Northfield area, reported as heavy as 10 inches. "It takes a while for the Byllesby Dam to release all of that storm water, so the current is still extremely fast on the river," said McCormick. He advises that a tube is no substitute for a lifejacket and that the river is full of debris and rocks not visible due to high and muddy water.