Father, son rescued after being stranded on Mississippi River


by KMOV.com Staff


Posted on April 23, 2013 at 6:08 PM

Updated Wednesday, Apr 24 at 6:41 AM

(KMOV) – A father and son were rescued late Tuesday night after their boat became stuck in the middle of the Mississippi River.

The men were rescued at 8 p.m. near 100 Big Hollow Road, about 12 miles south of Crystal City.

According to family members, an older man and his 15-year-old son put their boat in at the flooded Franklin Park to fish when a current dragged them into the Mississippi River near the Ameren Missouri's Rush Island power plant.

The men became stuck by debris and were unable to break free as their prop was sheared off after hitting something underwater earlier in the day.

An ambulance was on the scene for the rescue but the men were reportedly okay other than being cold.

The Coast Guard was unable to launch a rescue vessel as the usual launch points were inaccessible due to high water.

The condition of the river is described as dangerous with the swollen river at flood stage. The river is moving fast with broken tree limbs in the water.

A public information officer with the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office says they assisted in the rescue effort of the two stranded boaters.

The Coast Guard was more than 35 miles away which would have taken them more than an hour to make it to the scene. 

No injuries were reported.