Two pleasure boats found themselves in trouble on the Mississippi River Wednesday night, but luckily, neither one sank. One boat carrying more that two-dozen people took on water, and had to be towed back to the Alton Marina after some of the water was pumped out. The twenty-six people on-board were off-loaded near the old lock and dam on the Missouri side of the river.
That happened near the end of the Fireworks on the Mississippi. A second incident happened about an hour later, and seven more people had to be off-loaded near the Piasa Bird along the Great River Road. In both cases, the boats hit some kind of debris in the river. Alton Fire Chief Bernie Sebold says Madison County's new mobile command post played a key role in organizing the rescue effort.
Sebold says the unit is a great utilization of shared resources, which is a central focal point for all communications for the event. In this case, there were seven different rescue vessels representing a number of different agencies that were coordinated with the assistance of this new technology.