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Man rescued after canoe overturns

LITCHFIELD — A canoeist was rescued Tuesday night in west-central Minnesota after his canoe tipped and he walked through thick woods and a cornfield.

Robert Tiwari, 45, of New Prague, was not injured.

Tiwari told Meeker County authorities he had rented a canoe from The Riverside Store in Forest City at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday and planned to canoe the North Crow River for a few hours, camp and return Wednesday.

He said the river current was stronger than he had anticipated and his canoe overturned.  Tiwari was able to get back into his canoe, paddle to shore and walk through a dense wooded area and a cornfield to a road.

After Tiwari called 911, a dispatcher was able to determine his approximate location by asking him to describe his surroundings. Deputies eventually located Tiwari by driving in the area and activating sirens.Tiwari told the dispatcher when the sirens were most audible.

Tiwari declined medical attention and was driven by a deputy back to his vehicle.

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