Boaters taken to hospital after boat capsizes in Mississippi

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Emergency officials are calling an area couple “lucky” after they were rescued Friday afternoon from the cold waters of the Mississippi River off of North Minneapolis.

The man and woman, who have not yet been identified, showed signs of hypothermia and were taken to the hospital after firefighters used ropes to pluck them from the fast-moving river.

 KARE 11 reports the couple’s boat capsized near the Camden Boat Launch north of the Camden Bridge.

Crews were dispatched to the area after reports came in of two people struggling in the water.

It’s not clear what caused the boat to capsize. The couple was not wearing life jackets.

Earlier on Friday, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers closed several waterways due to high water flows in the Mississippi, WCCO reports.

The locks closed included Upper St. Anthony Falls, Lower St. Anthony Falls and Minneapolis Lock and Dam 1, located next to Minnehaha Park in Minneapolis.

WCCO reports water flows are not expected to be safe for recreational boaters again until late next week.

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