Family-of-four rescued after their tubes popped on Rum River

They were found clinging on to a tree.
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A family-of-four had a lucky escape after they had to be rescued while tubing on the Rum River in Isanti County.

The Isanti County Sheriff's Office got a call that an adult, two children and a baby were stranded on the river south of Martins Landing at 4:10 p.m. on Monday.

The tubes they were on popped, with the adult keeping themselves and their children afloat by holding onto a tree.

Help arrived in the form of the Isanti Police Department, Isanti Fire, Safety and Rescue, the sheriff's office, 3 Allina Ambulances and some on the scene Good Samartians.

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Isanti fire and sheriff's boats were able to reach the quartet and get them out of the water.

Nobody was injured in the incident, though the sheriff's office says their lives were saved because they were wearing life jackets.

"The kids were in good spirits," it added. "When asked if they are going to try tubing again there were a lot of NOs."

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