The Free Press, Mankato, MN

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April 3, 2011

Two rescued from Minnesota River

NEW ULM — The New Ulm Fire Department rescued two people from the Minnesota River Saturday after their canoe capsized.

The 911 call came in at 4:48 p.m., and the rescue squad used two boats to rescue 46-year-old Steven Kretsch and 26-year-old Alissa Rubey, both of New Ulm. Rubey was wearing a safety vest and was found hanging onto the canoe. Kretsch was not wearing a vest and was found hanging from a tree.

The pair, who were in the water about 25 minutes, were brought to the New Ulm Medical Center.

The Brown County Sheriff’s Office said alcohol may have played a factor in the incident.

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