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Boat stranded close to dam

Published: Friday, Oct. 26, 2012 1:15 a.m. CST • Updated: Friday, Oct. 26, 2012 1:18 a.m. CST
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(Submitted by Frank Berman)
A man, woman and small child head for the shore after the motor in their pontoon boat quit on them when they were about 80 yards from the Rock River dam in Dixon late Wednesday afternoon. They made it safely to the north shore, where they were assisted by firefighters, Dixon Fire Chief Tim Shipman said.
Caption
(Submitted by Frank Berman)
A man, woman and small child are assisted by firefighters late Wednesday afternoon after the motor in their pontoon boat quit on them when they were about 80 yards from the Rock River dam in Dixon.

DIXON – Frank Berman saw a pontoon boat in the Rock River late Wednesday afternoon. A person was in the water.

At first, Berman, who lives near the river, thought a family was enjoying the unseasonably warm weather. Upon closer inspection, he realized there was a problem.

It turned out that the boat’s motor quit working, Dixon Fire Chief Tim Shipman said. There was a man, woman and small child in the boat; she was behind the boat, trying to push it back to the north shore, while he was paddling. They were 80 yards from the dam.

They made it to shore quickly after near East Boyd Street, but someone called firefighters, who pulled the boat to a nearby dock. Dixon city and rural fire departments helped with the effort.

Local firefighters get about two such calls a year, Shipman said.

 

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