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Posted on: June 20, 2022

Red Wing Fire Department Responds to a Boat Stuck in the Roller Gates at Lock and Dam #3

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For Immediate Release

Joshua Johnholtz
Fire Captain
Red Wing Fire Department
651.388.7141

(June 17, Welch, Minn.) – At 6:20 p.m. the Red Wing Fire Department was dispatched for a boat stuck in the roller gates at Lock and Dam #3 on the Mississippi River with five people on board. RWFD responded with Marine 1, one ambulance, and seven firefighter/paramedics.

RWFD units arrived at the stranded vessel within 22 minutes and worked to safely tow the stranded vessel away from the roller gates and out of danger. All passengers on the vessel were accounted for and not injured. RWFD was assisted by L&D#3 staff, GCSO, RWPD, and PIPD.   

Red Wing Fire Department is committed to helping anyone in need, providing exceptional fire suppression, advanced medical care, technical rescue, disaster management, fire prevention, and public education. We are focused on operational readiness, department unity, professionalism, and community engagement.