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A woman and her three children are reported safe after almost being swept downriver on an ATV Friday.

Mat-Su Wildlife Troopers received word of a woman and her three small children on an ATV in the Little Susitna River just after noon on Friday. The caller said all four were spotted near the Schrock Road Bridge, but could no longer be seen.

Troopers arriving on scene discovered the three children had been placed safely on shore by their mother, 32-year-old Amber Watford, who was walking across the river when troopers arrived.

According to Watford, she lost control of the ATV while attempting to turn around in the river. Watford was able to get the children off the ATV before it was carried farther downriver. The ATV flipped and came to rest roughly 100 yards from where it entered the river, where it was retrieved from the river by troopers.

Medical personnel responded to the scene, and all four were reported unharmed.

Troopers have contacted the Palmer District Attorney’s office for operating a motor vehicle in an anadromous salmon stream.