Tribune-Courier News Editor
AURORA– An unidentified Mayfield man and his father are back on solid ground today thanks to quick actions by area fishermen and the Marshall County Rescue Squad.
The rescue squad was dispatched Friday afternoon just before sundown to reports of two men in Kentucky Lake near Kenlake Marina. Rescue Chief Curt Curtner said nearby fishermen observed a 14-foot sailboat overturn and were able to aid the men in getting to safety.
“This gentleman had just bought the sailboat,” Curtner said Monday. “He decided to take it out on his maiden voyage with his father. He said he was planning on taking his kids out on it.”
The children weren’t on the boat’s first trip.
“Luckily, there were some fishermen in the area and they were able to get him to them on the hull of the boat,” Curtner said. “As cold as that water was, it could have been a very bad outcome.”
Water temperatures on the lake are in the mid-40 degrees.
The rescue squad was able to help recover the boat. Aurora-Ross Fire Department remained on stand-by to provide assistance. The two men were assessed on dry ground by EMS and were released.
Curtner said the boaters were fortunate, but urged water-goers to use caution especially given the low water temperatures.