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Firefighters have to canoe downriver to rescue capsized kayakers on Kickapoo River

Brad Williams

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A weekend kayaking trip in western Wisconsin turned into a rescue operation Sunday. 

Four women from northern Illinois became stranded on the banks of the Kickapoo River in Vernon County, when the swift river current caused their kayaks to capsize. 

Rescue crews could not reach the women from land because of the terrain. 

The kayakers were lifted from the site by ropes after firefighters from La Farge went downriver by canoe to get to them. 

Recent heavy rains were blamed for causing the Kickapoo River to run faster than normal. 

Vernon County Sheriff John Spears warned people to stay off the river when the water is high, because the current tends to be faster than usual. 

A native of Prairie du Chien, Brad graduated from UW - La Crosse and has worked in radio news for more than 30 years, mostly in the La Crosse area. He regularly covers local courts and city and county government. Brad produces the features "Yesterday in La Crosse" and "What's Buried on Brad's Desk." He also writes the website "Triviazoids," which finds odd connections between events that happen on a certain date, and he writes and performs with the local comedy group Heart of La Crosse. Brad been featured on several national TV programs because of his memory skills.

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