Sequoyah County Emergency Director Steve Rutherford reported seven more persons were rescued from the Illinois River over the holiday weekend. Rutherford said Monday that six had to be brought safely to shore on Thursday evening and an Edmond man was rescued on Saturday. Rutherford praised the rescuers but warned boaters and floaters to be careful. He said, "Everybody remember that the water on the Illinois is flowing very fast and it is easy to lose control and get into a situation where they will have to call the water rescue crews out."
Rutherford reported the Thursday rescue was applauded by onlookers. He said, "The exciting thing yesterday (Thursday) was as our crews from Vian Fire and Rural Fire Protection District 1 were finishing getting the six people safely to shore many people there on shore broke out in applause for the quick response and great job they did. Great job men."
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is releasing water from Lake Tenkiller, due to heavy rains, which has increased the water flow dangerously in the lower Illinois River.
Sally Maxwell, Senior News Director
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