Having a bonfire, they scramble to climb trees as river rises rapidly; they're plucked from the water by firefighters

    The Crookston Fire Department was called to Aunt Polly's Slough Thursday evening after six teenagers became trapped by a rapidly rising Red Lake River.        

    The teens were reportedly having a bonfire when they noticed the rising water and attempted to climb trees in the slough. When personnel from the Crookston Fire Department arrived, the teens were in the frigid water and firefighters had to deploy their rescue watercraft to retrieve them.    

    Ice jams are known to cause rapid fluctuations in the river level in Crookston, especially because there are so many sharp turns in the channel within the community.   

    "I don't think they realized how quickly the river could change," CFD Captain Bob Magsam told the Times Friday. "The trees they were standing on were slowly going underwater."   

    Magsam also mentioned that the water was waist deep and rose two feet in the relatively short time that firefighters were on the scene.