Four people rescued from sinking boat in Mississippi

News-DemocratMay 15, 2014 

Four people on board a 45-foot boat headed to Alton from Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. had to be rescued when the boat ran aground near the McKinley Bridge and began to sink.

According to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the boat on Wednesday afternoon hit a chevron, which is a man-made rock formation designed to control water flow in the Mississippi River. The chevron, as well as other similar devices, are on navigational maps. But the boaters were apparently unaware they were there and couldn't see the chevrons because the river level is higher than normal.

The passengers on the boat were able to be rescued and the boat was tied to a barge to keep it from sinking until it could be pulled out of the river.

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