An enjoyable float down the Elkhorn River Sunday took a drastic turn for many Heartland residents when the storm hit.
Witnesses told WOWT 6 News the water went from still to turbulent in a matter of seconds when 50 mile per hour winds swept through. Minutes later, rain and hail were added to the mix.
Aaron Watkins and a friend were tubing on the river when the storm hit. Watkins said, "We thought we were going to die." The pair was able to get out of the water and take refuge. They admit their mothers advised them not to go out, but they didn't listen.
Rescue crews responded immediately to the Elkhorn River Landing; an airboat was deployed to search for anyone who may need assistance. So far, there have been no report of injuries.
Another tuber, Jeff Heffernan, told WOWT 6 News, "A good samaritan let us stay with them until we could get a ride."
Heffernan said his tube broke while he was in the water; however, he was able to get to shore on his own.