Six rescued after tubes overturn

Swift water rescuers managed to save six individuals who overturned their floats while floating on the upper portion of the Illinois River about 2:30 p.m. Friday.

Sequoyah County Emergency Management Director Steve Rutherford said six people were floating in the upper Illinois River just south of Tenkiller Dam when the accident occurred. He said the six individuals had tied their tubes together when they all flipped over in the swift-running river.

The West Tenkiller Fire Department and the Vian Fire Department were called out to use their Zodiac rescue boat and managed to safely get the group back to shore at the MarVal Family Camping Resort.

Rutherford said he did not have the names of the six individuals and did not know where they were from. He said they had been staying at MarVal.

Rutherford said water is being released at Tenkiller Dam. Engineers had been holding the water back during the flooding of the Arkansas River. Tenkiller Lake had also flooded many of the camping areas around the lake due to the water being held back.

Eufaula had also been holding back its water until the flood waters had receded and is also now releasing water.

Sequoyah County Times

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