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Distressed canoeists story exposed as hoax

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Police in Eau Claire say a kayaker who claimed that two canoeists vanished in the Chippewa River this week made the whole story up.

A 30-year-old Manitowoc man was arrested on a possible charge of obstructing an officer after rescuers spent parts of May 7 and 8 looking for the two non-existent canoeists. That was after the suspect said he saw two men clinging from a capsized canoe and tried throwing a rope to save them.

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