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Rochester Fire Department rescues man after tubing incident

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ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC) -- What started as a tubing trip on the Zumbro River left one man in need of rescue after strong currents swept him away.

Rochester firefighters brought the man safely to shore early Saturday afternoon. The Rochester Fire Department responded to a bridge where the man was spotted just south of 6th Street.

The man's chair was caught in the currents from the dam's hydraulic system, but he was able to swim to the bridge pylon where he waited for firefighters. As rescue crews approached the man, he attempted to swim away from the pylon and was pushed under the water.
Battalion Chief Erik Propotnik said the river currents are stronger than usual due to recent rainfall, making for a dangerous situation.

"We'd like to caution people.  Though it's a nice day out and it looks like a nice relaxing way to spend the day, we'd ask people to stay off of the water," said Propotnik.  "The water's moving much faster than normal.  A lot of the riff-raff that helps control flooding in town is now submerged under water so you can't see it."

Gold Cross evaluated the man but he had no injuries and refused medical treatment.  Propotnik said not only is the river unsafe at this time, it's also against city ordinances to tube on the Zumbro River in that area.

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