Coast Guard Auxiliary Rescues Disabled Vessel

PRAIRIE DU CHIEN, WI (Ben Caxton) — A quiet family outing on the Mississippi River in their new boat Sunday suddenly became a rescue operation for the Coast Guard Auxiliary when the vessel suffered an engine failure leaving her at the mercy of the strong current. The vessel, a 24-foot pontoon with eight adults and five young children aboard was being pushed by the swift current into the trees of an island number submerged by high water. Making matters worse, a barge was approaching the drifting pontoon whose wake would have pushed the vessel further into the trees. Luckily for the family, they were discovered around 3:30 PM by a patrolling Prairie du Chien based Coast Guard Auxiliary vessel. The crew of the Kaylee-Annie was able to get a line to the pontoon boat and pull it away from the trees and back into the channel. From there it was towed back to French Village and safety. No one was injured although the Auxilliary reported that one young passenger was happy to get away from the spiders that were dropping from the trees on the island.

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