Morrison County Sheriff’s Office
April 4, 2022
The Morrison County Sheriff’s Office reports that on 4-3-2022 at approximately 4:00 pm, their office received a report of a kayaker that was stranded in the Mississippi River, approximately one mile south of Little Falls, MN in Pike Creek Township.
According to Sheriff’s Office, 51-year-old Heidi Schmidt of Little Falls, MN was kayaking on the Mississippi River when she fell off her kayak and became stranded in the water between sheets of ice. Responding units were able to perform an ice rescue and transported Schmidt to shore. Schmidt was transported to St. Gabriel’s Hospital and then transferred to St. Cloud Hospital by Mayo Clinic Ambulance with unknown injuries.
Morrison County Sheriff Shawn Larsen stated, “This ice rescue was a dangerous situation for not only the victim, but for all responding personnel. The rescue was successful because of the collaborated efforts amongst all emergency personnel that were involved in this call”.
The Morrison County Sheriff’s Office was assisted at the scene by the Little Falls Police Department, Minnesota State Patrol, Little Falls Fire Department, Camp Ripley Fire & Rescue, Minnesota DNR and Mayo Clinic Ambulance.