Jefferson City Fire Department rescues boaters stranded on Missouri River

Jefferson City firefighters rescued stranded boaters Monday evening from the Missouri River.

At 5:28 p.m., the Jefferson City Fire Department (JCFD) responded to the Missouri River at the Noren Access after receiving reports several people were floating downriver in a boat and waving for help, according to a JCFD news release.

The boat was determined to contain a man, another adult and two children. The motor had reportedly stopped near the Missouri River bridge while the boat was in the middle of the channel and the boat couldn't make it to shore.

When firefighters arrived, the boat was no longer visible from the Noren Access. Firefighters initiated a boat rescue and went after the boaters. They were found on the drifting vessel near the Missouri State Penitentiary, the release said.

Firefighters moved the boaters from the disabled boat into a JCFD vessel and towed the disabled boat to the Noren Access. The boat was left in the river, as JCFD officials were worried about the rapidly approaching storm and lightning.

The boaters returned to the shore with JCFD personnel and sought cover. No injuries were reported.

Cole County EMS responded to the incident as well. Missouri Highway Patrol Water Division personnel also arrived on the scene so they could recover the boat after the storm passed.

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