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2 men survive scare on Mississippi

June 02, 2010 at 09:53 AM

QUINCY, Ill. (AP) — Two men are feeling fortunate after being rescued at a Mississippi River lock and dam near Quincy.

Authorities say the men were tubing off of a boat Sunday above Lock and Dam 21 when they fell off the tube and got sucked in by the powerful river current toward the gates.

Adams County Sheriff’s Chief Deputy Fred Kientzle says one man was sucked completely through the dam and the other was pinned by one of the gates before being rescued by boaters.

Kientzle says both Quincy men were banged up but lucky to be alive when they were taken to a hospital. They were treated and released.

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Wow, that sounds scary.  Glad they’re ok!!!

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 06/02 at 12:53 PM

wow i could only imagine two very lucky guys

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 06/02 at 01:53 PM

Really lucky guys. Could you imagine going through a dam on the Mississippi?

If I could pick a place to go pleasure boating I think the Mississippi would be about the last place I picked.

StandingCorn- I bet they were wearing life vests. I bet that is what made the one who went through the dam come up when he got to the other side. I doubt a person could overcome the currents underwater there on their own.

Posted by illin on 06/02 at 04:19 PM

“Hold my beer and watch this!”

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 06/02 at 04:44 PM

Don’t think I’ve ever seen anyone tubing without a lifejacket.  “Standingbean”.....hilarious name.

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 06/02 at 05:09 PM

Sometimes lucky trumps stupid. It did in this case. There is a reason they have a “NO BOAT” zone 600 feet above the lock and dams. To be tubeing in that area does rate a stupid. The lucky is that the guys that responded and saved them know the river, and were willing to take the risk to go into the boil to get them. Just a week ago, a mile upriver from this, two kids jumped into the river and rescued an adult who had hit his head on the bottom. The adult was unconcious and would have been a statistic if it had not been for those two kids. It is a good thing the Quincy area has a good supply of heros or this boating season would be off to a terrible start.

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 06/02 at 06:57 PM

Wow these guy’s were very lucky.

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 06/05 at 08:23 AM

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