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Crosslake dam shut down to free pinned kayaker

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The Army Corps of Engineers shut down the Crosslake Dam briefly on Tuesday, June 17, to help free a kayaker pinned to a tree because of an extremely strong current.

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Crow Wing County Sheriff Todd Dahl reports that his office received a call of a kayaker who had overturned while kayaking on the Pine River, just south of the dam. Rescuers were unable to free the kayaker from the tree because of the current, at which time the Corps moved to shut down the dam to let the waters subside.

The kayaker, identified as Ann Weissman, 53, of New Jersey, was rescued by members of the Crosslake Fire Department, who were first to respond to the incident. Weissman was checked over by medical personnel but was not transported as she was uninjured. Weissman was wearing a life jacket and a helmet.

Also responding were the Sheriff’s Water Patrol and the Crosslake Police Department.

Dahl reminds people that with all the rain the county and surrounding areas have received, water levels are extremely high, and rivers and streams have very strong currents. Boaters are reminded to wear their life jackets.

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