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Woman rescued from the Vermilion River

Posted by wlpo on August 24, 2014

The Vermilion River is great for kayaking but recent rains have made it dangerous. 

A woman kayaking with a friend had to be helped out of the river near Lowell after flipping over.  The Reading Fire District and other departments used a boat to pull Karen Hichborn of Streator from the water.

Conservative Police Sgt. Hank Frazier says the women got on the river south of Streator Sunday morning.  Both were wearing life preservers but Hichborn reportedly removed hers after becoming hot. Frazier says soon after she collided with a log.

Her friend was able to call for help. The rescue was completed in about one hour.

Frazier says the river was moving swiftly and probably was unsafe.

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