Michigan rescue crews save 6 people stranded on log-jammed river

Michigan rescuers had to walk through waist-deep water and pull their boats over log jams to get to the stranded boaters

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Michigan first responders over the weekend rescued six people who became stuck in a muddy river because of a log jam, according to authorities.

Rescuers were initially alerted shortly before 10 p.m. Saturday night that five people riding on kayaks and a canoe had been stranded on a log jam about 1.5 miles east of the Indian Bridge. The call came in just as a thunderstorm was approaching, the Mason County Sheriff's Office said.

One of the stranded victims was suffering from medical complications.

First responders traveled up the river in an effort to rescue the victims and had to push and pull their boats through waist-deep water after they encountered multiple log jams.

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Michigan first responders rescued six people stranded in a river.

Michigan first responders rescued six people stranded in a river. (Mason County Sheriff's Office)

"First responders reported being in the water more than they were on their boats. All while dealing with the thunderstorm above them," the Mason County Sheriff's Office wrote in a Facebook post.

Once rescuers found the stranded individuals, they discovered there were six victims, not five. All six victims were stuck in waist-deep mud and were exhausted. Two victims were starting to suffer from hypothermia and one was beginning to have heart complications.

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First responders had to push their boats through waist-deep water on their way to the victims after they encountered multiple log jams.

First responders had to push their boats through waist-deep water on their way to the victims after they encountered multiple log jams. (Mason County Sheriff's Office)

Some rescuers gave up their spots on the boats ensuring all six victims could be taken to safety, where medical personnel was waiting for them to administer treatment. All the victims received treatment and were later released.

First responders had to make two trips before all rescuers were off the river. Everyone made it to dry land at around 2 a.m. Sunday morning.

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Everyone made it off the river at around 2:00am Sunday morning.

Everyone made it off the river at around 2:00am Sunday morning. (Mason County Sheriff's Office)

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The sheriff’s office, Michigan State Police, Custer Township Fire Department, Riverton Township Fire Department, Branch Township Fire Department and LIFE EMS all assisted in the rescue efforts.