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Two girls rescued from Minong Flowage by Douglas County Sheriff's Department

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Duluth Minnesota 424 W. First St. 55802

Two 12-year-old girls were plucked from the waters of the Minong Flowage Saturday afternoon after their kayaks overturned.

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Douglas County Sheriff’s Deputy Steve Olson happened upon the girls as he was patrolling by jet-ski around 2 p.m., according to a sheriff’s office news release. Olson noticed something floating in the middle of a large bay east of Totogatic Park. Through binoculars, he saw two kayaks floating upside down, as well as two heads bobbing out of the water.

At the scene, Olson found the girls exhausted and struggling to get back into the kayaks, which were completely filled with water. The girls, both of Bruce Wis., were not wearing lifejackets, according to the sheriff.

“Both girls told me they needed help,” Olson wrote in his report. “Both girls’ heads were barely out of the water. One of the young girls appeared more scared and tired than the other and I told her that she should get on the back of the jet-ski.

“I then asked the other girl if she could hang on to the kayak while I ran the first girl back to shore.  The second girl said she did not think she could hang on that long so I told her she should also get onto the jet-ski.  The second girl was hanging onto a kayak paddle, apparently using it to help her stay afloat.”

Olson brought the two girls ashore, towing one of the kayaks behind the jet-ski, and returning to retrieve the second. The distance from the stranded girls’ location to the shore was later estimated at four-tenths of a mile.

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