UPDATE: 17 people rescued from floodwaters of Blue River

UPDATE: 17 people rescued from floodwaters of Blue River

FREDRICKSBURG, IN (WAVE) - At least 17 canoeists and kayakers were rescued Saturday after their boats capsized in a river near the Washington and Harrison County line.

Indiana Conservation Officer along with responders from both Harrison and Washington Counties responded to Blue River in Fredricksburg around noon Saturday. They initially responded to a call of a man trapped in his canoe against debris in the water. That man was rescued by another canoeist. While en route, units were advised of others in the water and along the shore from capsizing.

ICO said the capsizings were caused by high water and swift current due to a dislodged large tree blocking the River channel.

At least 17 people were rescued from either the shore or water, ranging in age from 8 to adult, ICO confirmed.

The canoeists and kayakers had left for their trips from Old Mill Canoe Rental in Fredericksburg.

Indiana Conservation Officers are urging everyone to check current water levels prior to starting out, be familiar with the waterway, and to always wear a life jacket.

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