2 Hunters Rescued After Boat Capsizes

MCKEES ROCKS (KDKA) – Crews performed a chilly rescue on the Ohio River Saturday morning after two hunters capsized their boat and made a desperate swim to safety.

In all, they spent about 20 minutes in the water in freezing temperatures and they may be lucky to be alive.

Pittsburgh River Rescuers brought two hunters to safety in McKees Rocks after their boat sank in the Ohio River.

The hunters survived the ordeal, by swimming to a nearby, deserted island.

“We got a call from the county 911 center that a boat had capsized downstream, here on Davis Island, and that the boaters entered the water. They were able to safely swim to the island,” Pittsburgh Paramedics Assistant Chief James Holman said.

Davis Island is a small island on the back channel of the Ohio River, between Neville Island and Stowe Township. Authorities said the two men were riding an 11-foot boat to the island to hunt deer.

The hunters were not injured, but were extremely cold. Fortunately, they were rescued quickly, thanks to a cell phone.

“Luckily, they had a cell phone that still worked, whether it was in a plastic bag, or what. But it was very much, it would have been a very, very long day for them. They were both wet, but they did have insulated waders, and a lot of pretty heavy gear,” Holman said.

With water temperatures hovering around 45 degrees, along with the fact that water causes a human body to suffer tremendous heat loss, both men are very lucky.

“It’s a very good news story. The one fellow was a little concerned about the loss of an expensive shotgun, but realizes the value of his life, which is much greater,” Holman said.

The unidentified hunters likely won’t face charges, but they will be questioned by the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission.


One Comment

  1. D.Shipp says:

    The Pa. Game Commision may want to talk to these two hunters because there is no open deer season in Pa. until Dec. 27

  2. Samantha says:

    they were not deer hunting. they were duck hunting. the news has it wrong

  3. Mike Irvin says:

    Marty you are a HACK !! YOUR ALWAYS WRONG , Just like when you report on Teachers strikes ALMOST ALL OF THE INFO YOU REPORT IS WRONG . How you keep your job is a miracle KDKA SHOULD HAVE YOU DOING PRATTS JOB HOSTING THE TRUE VALUE HOUR OR THE AAA TRAVEL HOUR U HACK

  4. fred says:

    Deer season is closed. It does not reopen untill 12-27-2010

  5. Josh says:

    Hahahahaha, I love all your comments that you make on random stories.

  6. Chuckles says:

    Dumb ass comes to mind.

  7. Sonni A. says:

    why, yes they can billy bob

  8. Jenn says:

    I like Marty, let him alone. Hi Marty!

  9. Terry Boots says:

    A beloved pastor is dead because of your “reporting” Marty. Don’t ever forget that.

  10. BirdDog says:

    The one true fact is that a brand new shotgun was lost!

  11. Mr Soho says:

    Two more idiots that should not be allowed to carry any type of firearm

  12. BirdDog says:

    Mr Soho…Your a damn fool if you believe half of that… If you do…Your the IDIOT…These guys are avid hunters and rather than sit around the house, like I am sure you do and tell everybody how your such an avid hunter, these guys actually get out and hunt no matter what the conditions are! When you hunt as much as these guys accidents happens FACT…Nobody died and everything that was lost can be replaced!

  13. Bubbles says:

    Quack !!! Quack !!! Quack !!!!! SPLASH !!!!!! Bubble Bubble Bubble

  14. riversrme says:

    This season has seen many hunters sinking, overturning or falling out of boats. Some have been rescued and some have not. I wish that hunters would take some boating lessons or at least learn basic boating safety practices and avoid these tragedies

  15. NBCNCO says:

    what idiots !!! If you only knew them! One of them is VP of a company I once worked for,, Not the sharpest tools in the shed. They are not from around here…

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