Mississippi River boating rescue in St. Louis County likely first of many ahead of summer season

  • Source: KTVI-TV FOX 2 St. Louis
  • Published: 05/25/2023 12:00 AM

VIDEO: A scene on the Mississippi River Tuesday afternoon is likely a sign of things to come. Two men were rescued by the Marine Task Force after their boat began taking on water. “This is the season for those water incidents,” said Capt. Matt Coppin with the Metro West Fire Protection District. It’s not just boating distress calls that start to increase ahead of Memorial Day weekend. Drowning calls will also be on the rise, according to Coppin. Coppin and his team have responded to several calls along the Meramec River. “These waters, even though they look calm and serene, can be really dangerous,” he said. The Metro West Fire Protection District prepares year-round for drowning and boating accident calls. “The simplest and easiest thing you can do is wear a life jacket,” Coppin said.


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