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Three people rescued after boat gets stuck on sandbar

Aug 23, 2013 -- 10:44am

About 4 p.m. Thursday, the Cape Girardeau Fire Department was dispatched to assist a pontoon boat stuck on a sandbar in the Mississippi River near Cape Rock.

According to a news release from the department, the first boat firefighters launched was unable to reach the pontoon boat because the water level was below 2 feet. They launched an inflatable boat, which was able to reach the sandbar.

The two people in the pontoon boat were brought aboard the inflatable boat and returned to shore. Firefighters then went back and retrieved a woman who was floating down the river on a small inflatable craft. She had been stuck on the same sandbar.

The marine units were on the scene about three hours.

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