La Farge kayaker rescued after being stranded on riverbank for hours

A kayaker was rescued after being stranded on a riverbank in Wildcat State Park for hours. According to the Vernon County Sheriff’s Office, the woman was rescued after a Department of Natural Resources Warden heard her calling for help.

The DNR warden contacted dispatch Friday shortly after 6:30 p.m. that he was at the canoe launch when he heard the woman.

Staff with the DNR and park services found Tierra M. Decker, 19, of La Farge, on a riverbank downstream from the launch. Officials attempted to recover Decker from her location.

She was led out through the woods by first responders to State Highway 33, where she was examined by medical staff.

Decker told authorities that she was with a large group before her kayak got away from her. She was left behind and stranded for more than three hours.

Decker was returned to her group in Ontario. She did not suffer any injuries during the incident.

The Ontario Fire Department and emergency medical services were dispatched to the scene, as well.

The incident remains under investigation by the Vernon County Sheriff’s Office.

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