Two rafters rescued from Chippewa River

By: WEAU 13 News Staff Email
By: WEAU 13 News Staff Email

EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU) – The overnight rain made for dangerous conditions out on the rivers including the Chippewa River in Eau Claire where two people had to be rescued.

Around 3:30 Saturday afternoon, Eau Claire Fire and Rescue crews were called to the Riverview boat landing. Crews say a college-age man and a woman who were rafting got stuck and held onto a log in the middle of the river, but their raft started taking on water because of a hole.

Some friends who were kayaking tried to rescue them, but couldn't and called 911. That's when rescue crews with boats arrived and got the two people out of the water safely.

We caught up with the rescued male victim, Evan Langer, about what happened.

“When we got snagged up on the tree, the raft tipped a little low and start taking in some water, so then I jumped out, to keep it from capsizing, then I threw on a life jacket and got up on the log,” said Langer.

Fire crews say to be careful out on the waters when the river current is fast, especially after a recent rainfall.

“Especially due to the recent rains the water levels are higher than normal and are faster than normal, sometimes it's hard to judge how quickly the water is really moving when it's moving under the conditions it is after a big rain storm like we had,” said Battalion Chief Allyn Bertrang with Eau Claire Fire & Rescue.

Both victims were able to put on their life jackets in time and no one was hurt.

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