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Couple safe and dry after being rescued from Black Hawk Creek

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A couple is safe and dry after trouble in the water Thursday.

Barb and Larry Lamfers were stuck in Black Hawk Creek for an hour before they decided to call for help.

 Video captured from the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier shows a Waterloo rescue crew pulling the couple out of the creek.

Officials say what happened to the Lamfers can happen to anyone, especially with all the rain the Cedar Valley has experienced lately, the water level is very high.

"With the water level being so high, on a normal year, they'd be in the ground," said Lt. William Beck with the Waterloo Fire Department. 

Barb says prior to the rescue, a strong current and mess of trees caused her husband's kayak hit a log.

He then had to hold onto the log not to lose control of the boat.

Lt. Beck says people who want to try out kayaking need to know dangers like these.

"With kayaks, they're cheap and fun, but they're not a beginner boat. If you don't know how to work it, the river isn't the place for you,," said Beck.

Although the Lamfers have experience with kayaking, anyone can find themselves in dangerous situations in the water, especially when they're exhausted.

"It's easy to get disoriented, lot of people go downstream first then are too exhausted to get back upstream," said Beck. 

Barb says her husband is OK, just has some cuts and bruises from hitting the log.

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