Firefighters save 4 boaters on Mississippi River

Monday, July 27, 2009 | 10:28 a.m. CDT

ST. LOUIS — Firefighters saved four people stranded on the Mississippi River in south St. Louis County after their boat lost power.

The boat hit a buoy and lost power and lights Sunday night at a spot where the Meramec River flows into the Mississippi, firefighters said.

Rescuers were concerned the vessel could be hit by barge traffic, so they took a boat onto the river to rescue them.

One boater, whose name was not released, was taken to a hospital for a minor back injury.


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