Boater saved from sinking boat in Tishomingo

Published: May. 4, 2021 at 6:16 PM CDT
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TISHOMINGO, Okla. (KXII) - A boater was rescued from his sinking boat today in Tishomingo. What caused the boat to sink.

Just before noon Tuesday Tishomingo first responders were called here to the boat ramp at Tishomingo Wildlife Refuge.

“We responded out there, we put two of our water rescue guys in our rescue boat and sent them across the lake. He was about a mile out in the lake,” said Danny Walker, Tishomingo fire department Public Information Officer.

The Tishomingo water rescue team of 7 doesn’t see rescues often. This rescue was a team effort with the Tishomingo ire department, police department, Johnston county Emergency Management and EMS.

They worked together to rescue a lone boater from his sinking boat just a mile south from the boat ramp.

They say it was calm by the boat ramp, but waves quickly overcame the back end of his boat causing it to partially submerge.

“The strong north wind, the water was pretty calm on the north side of the lake, but over on the south side it was getting pretty rough. And he just got into some rough water,” said Walker.

It took the team about an hour to find and rescue the boater and bring him to dry land. No one was injured.

They stress the importance of being prepared if you’re headed out on your boat.

“Keep an eye on the weather, always have your life jackets available and make sure that your boat is capable of handling the conditions that you’re expecting,” said Walker.

Johnston county Emergency Manager Jason Bryant says if it wasn’t for the man’s life jacket and cell phone tracking, it would’ve been much harder to find him.

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