Boaters Rescued From Rapids

By Jake Boswell | 

A calm relaxing morning for fishing is an ideal day for anyone but for two fishermen in Bowling Green, a normally relaxed Barren River became a dangerous flow of rapids. Emergency officials say the fishermen's boat engine failed causing them to helplessly become stuck on the rocks. Around 7:30 A.M. the Bowling Green Fire Department received a call and their water rescue unit was on the scene shortly after. They first sent a rescuer out on foot but the strong current swept him off his feet causing him be battered against the rocks as he was pushed downstream.

"The waters that are around Bowling Green are multi-faceted. You never know what you're going to run into. In this particular case around the rapids, it's pretty tedious. We have particular sections around this part of the river that have eddies that are really hard to navigate." said Deborah Williams of the Bowling Green/ Warren County Rescue Department.

Nearly an hour later, Bowling Green/ Warren County Rescue and BGFD placed a boat in the water with cables stretching across for stability. Countless attempts to the reach the boat were made impossible by the current; but rescue workers never gave up, and were eventually able to get close enough to place the stranded boaters on board.

"It looks like a tedious operation and it is. It might look at times like we don't know what we're doing, but there is a rhyme and reason to everything that they're doing." commented Marlee Boeing of the Bowling Green Fire Department.

Once the fishermen were brought to shore everyone was able to breathe a sigh of relief, knowing that they would be okay and that if anything should ever arise like this again, emergency officials can handle the situation. The firefighter who was swept by the current suffered a sprained ankle. As for the 16-year-old fishermen, Zack Sowders and Gage Lee, family members say they're okay.

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