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Kayakers rescued from Lake Onalaska

BRICE PRAIRIE, Wis. (WXOW) - Two kayakers were rescued off of Lake Onalaska Sunday night.

The call came in around 6:15 p.m. that the wind had blown them up on the ice and stuck them there for about half an hour. 
They were able to kayak themselves out of the ice but Brice Prairie first responders brought the kayakers back to shore.

The La Crosse County Dive Unit, Onalaska Fire Department and Tri-State Ambulance responded to the scene.

Since there is still ice on the water, Chris O'Hearn, the Brice Prairie EMS Service Director, says it's a little too early to be kayaking.

O'Hearn said, "If they were to tip over, I mean here the wind took them into the ice.. If it would've been enough to tip them over and you go in that 40 degree water that's a pretty life threatening situation in a short period of time."

O'Hearn says once the water temperature gets about 60 degrees is a safe time to kayak.

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