Apple Valley boy escapes gushing Minnehaha Creek - KMSP-TV

Apple Valley boy escapes gushing Minnehaha Creek

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A 12-year old boy served as a cautionary tale for what high, fast-moving water is capable of.

Zach Nelson from Apple Valley was playing catch with a friend when the football went into Minnehaha Creek. When they found the football a couple hundred yards downstream, Nelson fell in and found himself in deep water.

"I thought it was just water coming along calmly," said Nelson.

The current pinned him against the log but the force of the water made it impossible for him to climb out.

Park police describe a 30-minute rescue because a park agent couldn't pull Nelson out on his own and had to wait for a paramedic to assist.

"It took two to lift him out," said Sergeant. Fred McCormick of the Minneapolis park police. "Because it was running so swift."

The message from Zach and park police is pretty much the obvious. When the creek is moving that quickly, be very careful or pretty much avoid going in the water at all.

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