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Man recounts Foster Lake water rescue


November 9, 2022

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Tony Ramirez fishes on Minnesota's Woman Lake in this undated photo.

What began as a run-of-the-mill day on Foster Lake for avid fisherman Tony Ramirez turned quickly into a near-drowning incident, with the Sweet Home Fire & Ambulance District coming to the 28-year-old's rescue.

On Saturday, Oct. 29, Ramirez, a Lebanon resident and 2012 Sweet Home High School graduate, pushed his kayak off Calkins Park boat ramp around noon. By 2 p.m., he'd caught two rainbow trout and had another fish on the line. The weather had turned a little gusty, he recalled, with waves forming in the lake. His kayak faced north as the winds went from east to west.

Then, as he l...

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