ONALASKA, WI - A kayaker had to be rescued after being separated from her party on Lake Onalaska Friday afternoon.
The La Crosse Co. Sheriff's Department says four kayakers set out from Lytle's Landing and paddled to the main channel of the Mississippi River and then crossed Lake Onalaska to their starting point.
Strong winds and high waves caused one member of the group to be separated from the others.
The 31 year old woman from Carbondale, Colorado attempted to paddle to shore. However, waves ended up submerging the kayak. The woman then put on her life jacket, ditched the kayak and attempted to swim to shore.
The Onalaska Fire Department launched a rescue boat. Also, a man from South Carolina allowed searchers to board his boat.
Onalaska firefighters found the woman swimming near the shore and took her on board their boat. She declined medical treatment.
The woman was located 23 minutes after the first 911 call.
The La Crosse Co. Sheriff's Dept., Onalaska Fire Dept., U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Wisconsin D.N.R. and La Crosse Dive Team all responded.
Rescue crews remind people out on the water to wear their life jacket at all times and be aware of quickly changing conditions.
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