Four Rescued from Swollen Kickapoo River Waters

ROCTON, WI (Ben Caxton) — Four Rockford area residents had to be rescued from the swollen waters of the Kickapoo River Sunday. Vernon County Sheriff John Spears said Saturday night rains north of Ontario, Wisconsin, had caused the Kickapoo River to filling the normally slow-moving river with swift currents, and lots of debris. Just after noon on Sunday the Vernon County Dispatch Center received a call reporting that she and had her three friends’ kayaks had capsized and were stuck in a log jam. After an extensive search, Kickapoo Valley Reserve Police located the stranded kayakers, 49-year-old Vikki L. Hanson, 51-year-old Lori Brabek, 53-year-old Karen Beard, and 49-year-old Mindy Thompson, but were unable to reach them due to the rugged terrain – they were stranded on a section of the Kickapoo River with rock embankments on both sides of the river. The La Farge Fire Department began their swiftwater rescue efforts by canoeing downstream from landing 10. Safety ropes were deployed, and the stranded kayakers were hoisted to safety, and taken to a nearby medical triage, treated and released from the scene.

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