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Chimney Rock Campground

Chimney Rock Campground

DECORAH – Authorities used a drone to locate 11 stranded kayakers who became stranded on the Upper Iowa River on Tuesday afternoon.

One of the kayakers overturned and lost the boat, and was hanging from tree branches. Others were marooned on an island near Chimney Rock Park.

Decorah Fire and Rescue crews brought the boaters to safety after locating them with a drone, according to the Winneshiek County Sheriff’s Office.

Iowa Department of Natural Resources and Department of Transportation officers assisted at the scene.

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