Three people were rescued Tuesday night after their boats became stuck in the mud in the Beaver River.
Two people were boating on the river in Freedenberg Township when their boat got stuck in the mud and heavy vegetation, the St. Louis County Sheriff's Office said in a news release.
Then a good Samaritan nearby attempted to help free them prior to the St. Louis County Rescue Squad arriving, and they became stuck too.
The rescue squad responded around 8:36 p.m. and used its Marsh Master to successfully rescue all three people — Samuel Carlson, 20, of Duluth; Emma Fest-Wilson, 23, of Lino Lakes; and Bernard Pearson, 71, of Duluth —and recover their boats.
No one was injured.
The sheriff's office is using this incident as a reminder to boaters to use caution on lakes and rivers because low water levels caused by the ongoing drought in Minnesota may have exposed new hazards.
Boaters should also always wear a lifejacket while out on the water, the sheriff's office said.