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La Crosse fire department rescues two women from Grandad Bluff

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LA CROSSE (WXOW)-- Two women hiking on Grandad Bluff were rescued by members of the La Crosse Fire Department after getting stuck on the West face of the bluff.

The department responded after a call was made to 911 at 11.30 a.m. about the two people needing help. La Crosse Fire told us the women said they were not able to move up or down and were physically exhausted. They were both separated on different ledges of the bluff, about 40 feet vertically apart.

La Crosse Fire employed their Urban Search and Rescue Team, using 15 fire members to operate a high angle rescue system to place the two women in harnesses by team members, one at a time, and raised to the top of the bluff.

The two women were checked out by Tristate Ambulance and were not injured but very shaken up about the experience.

Division Chief Frank Devine said the two women will likely be issued citations for climbing off the trail on a prohibited area of the bluff.

The two women were over 18, but officials are not releasing their names at this time.

"We always make the suggestion to stay on the marked trails. Stay where it's safe. Always have a cell phone. What helped these girls tremendously is that they had a cell phone, so they could call 911 and give us directions so we could find them 

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