Park Manager John Rittenhouse said Ranger Robert “Buck” Russell and the Fish and Wildlife officer responded to a 911 cellphone call from the stranded boaters. He said that high winds forced the boat toward the marina or a nearby island. He called the conditions “treacherous” due to high winds and storms in the area.
“If not for our ranger and the officer serious damage and injury could have come to these men and their boat. It was very likely to slam into the marina or the island next to the marina,” said Rittenhouse.
Officer Scott Barrow of Fish and Wildlife said that he took the call after Trigg’s 911 dispatch advised his superiors in Frankfort about the boat. He described the vessel as a 28-foot cabin cruiser with three occupants that apparently ran out of fuel.
“They were several hundred yards out of the marina,” said Barrow. “The winds were so bad that their anchor would not hold. We towed them into the dock for fuel. It was a normal boat assist. All was well once they got gas.”
Barrow said that recent heavy rains have left Lake Barkley and Kentucky Lake filled with high water and debris making navigation perilous for boaters. He advised operators to slow down and search for debris, and make sure they have ample fuel for their trips.
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