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HIGH WATER WARNING: Fast currents up risks of capsizing

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SCANDIA, Minn. (KMSP) -

Recent rains have left lakes and rivers swollen, and a close call for canoers on the St. Croix River has officials issuing yet another warning about the dangers of Minnesota's rushing rivers.

Washington County officials say a large group of dozens of canoers was out on the water on Thursday afternoon when a boat carrying 3 people tipped at about 1 p.m., sending the paddlers into the fast-moving water.

The Scandia fire chief told Fox 9 News the trio was toward the back of the group when they flipped, likely due to the wind and high water levels. That prompted the fire department to launch their own boats and search for the canoers.

Thankfully, they were quickly located near shore and the dive teams were called off, but one man had to be taken to the hospital. He had tried to climb an embankment to find help but fell and hit his head.

Officials are calling it a cautionary tale, and Chief Mike Hinz is urging all paddlers to consider the risks before heading out on the swollen rivers.

"No sign of drying up," Fire Chief Mike Hinz said. "It's a good thing to keep in mind. Rivers are high and they are only getting higher. Fast-moving water doesn't look to dangerous, but undercurrents are very strong."

Due to the high water levels, a no-wake zone is in effect on the St. Croix. Although Hinz hopes everyone who heads out on the water will be careful, he also points out that when water is this high, narrow areas can be much different than what people are used to.

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