The Winneshiek County Sheriff’s Office received a report of 11 kayakers stranded on an island in the Upper Iowa River near Chimney Rock Park Tuesday at about 1:50 p.m.

One of the kayakers had overturned and lost their kayak and was hanging on to tree branches waiting to be rescued.

Decorah Fire and Rescue crews used a drone to locate the party and rescue them to safety. The kayakers were family members ranging in age from 6 to 71 years old.

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources and Department of Transportation Enforcement also assisted at the scene.