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17 canoeists rescued after boats capsize on Indiana river

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FREDRICKSBURG, IN (WFIE) -

Scary moments for 17 canoeists after several boats capsized in Fredricksburg, Indiana.

Conservation officers say high water and a large tree floating made conditions treacherous on the Blue River.

Between 6 and 8 boats flipped within minutes of each other.

A dozen people, adults and children, were rescued.

Five people got out of the water when they spotted trouble.

Officials say the capsized boats aren't unusual during the summer, but it was odd there were so many calls at the same time.

"Our message is, if you're gonna, gonna go out on the river, any type of waterway, check the water levels. This, quite honestly, there should not have been any vessels on the water today. The water was pretty treacherous, so, and secondly, always wear a lifejacket," said Jim Schreck, Indiana DNR.

All of the rescues happened within a few river miles of one another.

No one was hurt.

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