DUNN COUNTY, Wis. (RELEASE FROM DUNN COUNTY SHERIFF'S DEPT.)-- On June 16, 2014 at approximately 1:08 pm the Dunn County 911 center received information of a canoe that had tipped over on the Red Cedar River with subjects in the water struggling. The location where this was to be taking place was about 2 miles south of Downsville.
Officers of the Dunn County Sheriffs Office, Pepin County Sheriffs Office, Menomonie Fire & Rescue, Durand Fire and Rescue as well as the Department of Natural Resource Wardens responded to the scene.
Further information was that (4) people were in the water and being carried towards the Chippewa River in high water and swift currents. Menomonie Fire & Rescue launched their boat at the County Highway Y Dunnville landing in Dunn Township.
All parties involved were located and provided assistance by responding agencies. Luckily no one was injured during this incident.
It was determined that four adult subjects from Minnesota had launched a canoe in Downsville and planned to exit at the County Highway Y boat landing.
We urge all people considering canoeing or tubing on area rivers to use extreme caution until the water levels have subsided and currents are not as treacherous. As always if you still plan on enjoying water activities wear your life jacket.