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Good Samaritan helps rescue stranded tubers

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A citizen who heard the emergency radio traffic was already on scene with his boat and pulled one person from the water.

The Jackson County Emergency Dispatch Center received a 911 call last Friday, that a group of tubers had been swept away by the current and were stranded on the river.

The caller’s location mapped between the Irving boat landing and Lost Falls, according to a press release from the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office.

A citizen, who heard the emergency radio traffic, was already on scene with his boat and pulled one person from the water.

When first responders arrived, they helped the good Samaritan rescue the other two people, who were stranded, and got them to shore safely.

The three out-of-state tubers were not hurt, but the sheriff’s office did remind those using the river for recreation to be aware of its changing, unpredictable conditions.

Kaitlyn Riley’s passion for communications started on her family’s dairy farm in Gays Mills, Wis. Wanting to share agriculture’s story, she studied strategic communications and broadcast journalism at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. In college, she held officer positions with the Association of Women in Agriculture and Badger Dairy Club while volunteering as a news reporter for the college radio station. She also founded the university’s first agricultural radio talk show, AgChat. In her professional career, Kaitlyn has worked in radio, print and television news doing everything from covering local events to interviewing presidential candidates, and putting back on her barn boots to chat with farmers in the field. Today, Kaitlyn can be seen covering local stories that matter to you in the La Crosse area.

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