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Crews continue search for missing canoeists


CHIPPEWA RIVER-EAU CLAIRE, Wisconsin (WQOW) - Search crews will be back on the Chippewa River this morning (05/01) to continue their search for two people who may have fallen in.

Crews spent hours searching up and down the river Tuesday (04/30) afternoon. They are searching for two men reportedly in their 20s whose canoe capsized.  A kayaker saw two people holding onto the tipping canoe. He tried to help them by tossing them a rope  but then he capsized too.  By the time the kayaker resurfaced the two men were gone.

An orange horseshoe style life-vest was found down river. Fire crews believe only one canoeist was wearing a life vest.

Captain Tim Deziel of the Eau Claire Fire Department says, "It's extremely dangerous if you think about it, and that's the thing we can't stress enough: life preservers. Simple things as life preservers would make a huge huge difference."

Both Eau Claire Police and Firefighters say the river is extremely dangerous right now. They are warning everyone to stay off the water because the levels are high, and moving fast. Police have no names, and say no missing persons reports have been filed. They are asking for the public's help with the search. Call the Eau Claire Police Department at  (715) 839-4972  if you can help.

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