Fishermen Saved From Rising Stormwater at Minnehaha Park Salute Rescuers

May 25, 2018 10:30 PM

Three fishermen, all members of one family, were rescued by members of the Minneapolis Fire Department and Park Police Thursday night while they tried to seek shelter from a powerful thunderstorm inside a culvert at Minnehaha Park.

"Never had this experience before, thankful for the rescuers," Jose Luis Rosas said. "A big salute."


Twenty-seven-year-old Rosas, his father and uncle were fishing in a spot where Minnehaha Creek runs into the Mississippi River when the storm arrived.

Rosas said it was like "heaven" when he was rescued. He added all he wanted was a "fresh cold beer" after.

RELATED: Firefighters Save 3 Fishermen Swept from Spillway at Minnehaha Park 

Minneapolis Park Police Officers Olson and Ryan, along with Sergeant Robert Mooney, were dispatched after a 911 caller phoned for help, but didn't know exactly where they were in the park.

"In their mind's eye, they knew where this was," Mooney said. "It was a great feeling because these guys knew what to do."

The officers got ropes and a life jacket out of their patrol SUV and were able to secure the men until Minneapolis firefighters arrived to pull them from the culvert filled with water.

The culvert has a large metal grate on the opening that the men were able to open to get out onto a concrete ledge.

"They are extremely lucky to be alive, they could have been in there deeper and not able to get out," Mooney said.

The sergeant plans to write the two officers up for a department award.

"Anytime I can write some of my boys up for a couple of awards, it's awesome," Olson said.


Eric Chaloux

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