COLUMBIA – Four boaters were rescued from the Missouri River near Katfish Katy Campgrounds on Monday after being stranded in shallow water.
One of the boats became stuck after its motor stopped, causing it to drift into a sandbar. Another boat became stranded after its passengers tried to get close to pull the other one out. Each boat contained two people.
After the boaters called for help at 3:15 p.m., the Boone County Fire Protection District arrived and extracted all of the passengers and one of the boats, Captain Martina Pounds said.
"One of my buddies got stranded on the sandbar, and we tried to go and get him and got tangled," Jerold Stone said, the driver of one of the boats. He and his wife, Barbara, were stranded for about 45 minutes.
The other two boaters declined to be identified.
None of the boaters was injured.
The other boat will be retrieved tomorrow, Pounds said.
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