LA CROSSE, Wis. (WXOW) - Four people are rescued when their boat capsizes south of Goose Island Park on the La Crosse/Vernon County line Saturday evening.
Several boats from the La Crosse County Dive Unit, Shelby Fire, La Crosse County Sheriff's Department, and Stoddard Fire were sent to the park shortly around 8:15 p.m. for a report of debris in the water.
According to rescue personnel on the scene, a cooler and other debris was found by searchers, who then found two people on one of the islands south of the park. Two more people were found a few minutes later.
One of the people in the boat tells WXOW that water got into the flat-bottomed boat when the person at the controls was driving erratically. The boat then capsized with all four people going into the water. The victim said that they ended up swimming with the current and holding onto a large log for a while until they could get to land and ultimately rescue. None of the four people in the boat was injured.
"We were just on the boat, going around the corner, the water was high, filled up with water, the boat capsized, it tipped under," passenger Dustin Brockman said. Brockman said him and the three other passengers swam with the current to a log. "We got on the log, once we got on the log, we swam down towards the boat, got the boat flipped over, but we were all accounted for and safe," Brockman said.
Brockman said they couldn't reach land because the current was too strong and they were "directly in the middle of the water", and were in the water when rescue crews found them.
"I've been on the river everyday for a few weeks now. The only thing that could've been prevented...I'm not sure. We were just doing what we usually do, but bad things happen I guess," Brockman said.
We have a crew on the scene and will bring you updates here on WXOW.com and on our 10pm Report.
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