Deputy rescues two young girls after kayaking incident in Minong Flowage

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Deputy rescues two young girls after kayaking incident in Minong Flowage

August 11, 2014 Updated Aug 11, 2014 at 12:41 PM CDT

Minong, WI (NNCNOW.com) --- Two young girls were stuck in a dangerous situation after their kayaks overturned on the Minong Flowage Saturday afternoon.

Deputy Steve Olson was keeping a watch on that area around 2 p.m. that day when he says he noticed something floating in the middle of a large bay east of Totogatic Park.

Through binoculars, he saw two kayaks floating upside down, and two small heads bobbing in the water.

The deputy raced to the location and found two 12-year-old girls trying to get back into the kayaks, which were filled with water. The girls were not wearing life jackets and were exhausted in need of help.

According to the report the deputy said "Both girls told me they needed help. Both girls' heads were barely out of the water. One of the young girls appeared more scared and tired than the other and I told her that she should get on the back of the jet-ski. I then asked the other girl if she could hang on to the kayak while I ran the first girl back to shore. The second girl said she did not think she could hang on that long so I told her she should also get onto the jet-ski. The second girl was hanging onto a kayak paddle, apparently using it to help her stay afloat."

The deputy brought the two to shore (towing one of the kayaks, and returning back for the second kayak). The distance to shore was about .4 miles.

The two girls were from Bruce, Wis.

Ramona Marozas