Good Samaritan Rescues Child from Minnehaha Creek

Updated: 06/24/2014 7:32 AM
Created: 06/23/2014 6:13 PM
By: Cassie Hart

A child was rescued from the fast-moving water of Minnehaha Creek on Monday.

Luke Olson was at the creek around 4:30 p.m. and was watching the child, who he said was unattended. When he saw the child tumble into the water just two bridges up from the falls, he knew what he had to do next.

Olson said he couldn’t really catch the child by the trees, so he went down farther around the creek bend and caught up to the child.

He jumped into the swift and rocky water and was able to catch the child. The current carried them about 100 yards down the creek, he said.

Olson said another man also helped in the rescue, and he hung onto a tree as he handed the child off to the man. The second man carried the boy up to the shore and then disappeared, Olson said.

Olson ended up with a bloody knee and bloody elbow, but he knows his quick action saved a child’s life.

The child’s condition is unknown.

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