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Teen rescued from Vermillion River

Hastings firefighter/paramedics rescued a teenage boy from the Vermillion River Saturday evening, shortly before 8 p.m.

"When we found him, he was in the river down by the Ramsey Mill ruins," said Fire and EMS Director Mike Schutt.

Responders are unsure how, exactly, the teen got into the river in the first place because of conflicting reports. He was with a group of friends, some of whom had also been in the water but were able to get out on their own.

Responders used special water rescue suits that allowed them to go into the treacherous moving water. Once in the river, they were able to make contact with the teen and get him to shore. The teen was transported to Regina Medical Center.

Schutt said that the Vermillion River is moving "extremely fast" due to higher water levels. Besides the speed of the river, temperatures are dangerous as well. Although the area has seen a few warm days, it takes the water much longer to warm up, he said, and the river is still extremely cold. Being in the river even just a few minutes is enough to reduce your body temperature to the point of hypothermia, Schutt said.

Katrina Styx

Katrina Styx started working at the Hastings Star Gazette 2010 as a reporter. She became the editor in 2016. She has a bachelor's degree in English with a minor in journalism from the University of Wisconsin - River Falls. Prior to coming to Hastings, Katrina reported for weekly newspapers in Jordan, Minn., and River Falls, Wis.

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