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Snowmobile champion rescued after stunt mishap landed him in Lake Superior

Minnesota native Levi LaVallee was doing a trick off a bridge in Duluth Harbor when he landed in the lake and had to be rescued.

Professional snowmobile stunt rider and Minnesota native Levi LaVallee was quickly rescued after he ended up in Lake Superior while filming a video in Duluth on Monday.

The water emergency happened at 4:35 p.m. off Rice's Point in the Duluth-Superior Harbor. 

Duluth Fire Department spokesperson Kate Van Daele told Bring Me The News the fire department was on the scene "as a precautionary measure" and rescued LaVallee in under a minute using Marine 3, the department's rapid response vessel.

“We can confirm that Levi LaValle was swiftly and safely retrieved from the water today during a filming project. The film team will communicate if there are any changes to the project moving forward," Van Daele said.

According to FOX 21, LaVallee was jumping off an old railroad bridge and onto a barge when he ended up in the lake. He wasn't injured and his snowmobile was later recovered. 

LaVallee, who grew up in Longville, Minnesota, and began his snowcross career at Spirit Mountain in Duluth, is a 13-time X Games medalist, Snocross Champion and World Record holder who is known for his urban snowmobiling video that he shot with Red Bull in St. Paul in 2016. 

LaVallee returned to his roots this past weekend to film a video with Red Bull, which is expected to be released on YouTube later this month, FOX 21 says. He was spotted Sunday filming a stunt on Lake Avenue in downtown Duluth. It's unclear if his filming schedule was impacted by his dip in Lake Superior. 

And it looks as if he's been urban snowmobiling not just in Duluth, according to his Instagram account. There are several photos tagged Minnesota, including of him snowmobiling in some unconventional places, like by the light rail in the Twin Cities.

LaVallee also celebrated the launch of Minnesota-based Polaris' 2022 snowmobile lineup, which was released March 2 (Polaris is one of Team LaVallee's sponsors). 

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