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La Crosse Police rescue person from Mississippi River

LA CROSSE, Wis. (WXOW) – Officers with the La Crosse Police Department rescue a person who had walked out on the ice off of Riverside Park.

Police said in a Facebook post it was shortly after 8 p.m. Saturday night, February 2, when officers went to the park for a welfare check.

When they got there, they found an individual who was upset, had emptied their pockets and walked out onto the ice on the main channel of the Mississippi River.

After several minutes of talking to the person, the officers were able to get the individual off the ice.

Police said the person blew a .29 during a breath test. The person, who repeatedly fell down on the ice, told officers the month was August and had difficulty answering even basic questions.

Once off the ice, the person was taken into protective custody and taken in for a medical evaluation.

Police said the La Crosse Fire Department had their water rescue unit available along with Tri-State Ambulance.

The entire incident was captured on the Safecam placed facing the levy and shoreline of Riverside Park. When police looked at the video, it showed the person walk out on the ice multiple times during a 20 minute span of time.

The incident is visible in the upper center of the picture.

At one point, the person, who was not identified, was within two feet of open water.


Kevin Millard

Kevin Millard-Social Media Digital Content Manager for WXOW.

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