Tribune-Courier General Manager
GILBERTSVILLE – Members of the Marshall County Rescue Squad and East Marshall Fire Department responded to an overturned boat in the Moors area on Sunday afternoon around 4 p.m.
According to Curt Curtner, Rescue Squad Chief, the boat was part of a fishing tournament for Paralyzed Veteran’s of America known as the Bass Bash. The two men aboard the vessel were from Tennessee and both were wearing life vests, which was part of the tournament’s regulations.
Curtner said the two men began to experience motor trouble and the boat started taking on water. When one of them moved the boat flipped over, sending both men into the water. One of the two men was paralyzed and wheel chair bound.
Someone onboard another boat saw the accident and pulled the men from the water. Neither of them were injured.
The Marshall County Rescue Squad recovered the boat, which was a total loss.
Curtner said this accident only had a good ending because both men were wearing life vests. He urged all boaters to be mindful of the dangers of boating without life vests.