Five teen-agers run into trouble in rising tidal waters

Posted: Tuesday, November 14, 2000

KENAI (AP) -- Five teen-agers ran into trouble over the weekend when they were trapped by a rising tide at the mouth of the Kenai River.

Sam Munk, 18, said he and his fiancee, Genny Delano, 17, and Seth Halsted, 15, Tiffany Rackley and Alicia Delano, both 16, were caught in the frigid waters Sunday afternoon. All are from Kenai or the Soldotna area.

''We got halfway down the beach and decided to turn back, but by the time we got halfway back, it was too late,'' Munk said.

They were trapped against the riverbank by waters that covered Munk's knees. The tide eventually rose to the hips of the three girls in the party, he said.

''That water was pretty cold,'' Munk told the Peninsula Clarion. ''I always see things like this on TV, but I never thought it would happen to me.''

Munk said Halsted managed to climb the icy and muddy bluff to call for help, while he stayed behind to take care of the girls.

''He just dug in the mud and clawed his way up,'' Munk said of Halsted.

One of the responding firefighters rappelled down the cliff to help the teen-agers, while others launched a skiff that eventually picked them up.

The group was met at the dock by an ambulance, but authorities said no one required hospitalization.

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