Video: City and County rescue units, law enforcement respond to Illnois Bayou
At 10 p.m. Saturday night, November 15, Pope County dispatchers received a 911 call reporting a stranded boat on Lake Dardanelle, in the area of the Illinois Bayou bridge. The 911 caller stated that he saw the boat in the water and it appeared as though the occupants may have been in distress as they flashed a light on and off.
When the light continued to flash and the caller believed he heard someone yelling from the boat, he decided to call 911.
Pope County dispatchers relayed the call to law enforcement and a deputy with the Pope County Sheriff’s Office as well as officers with the Russellville Police Department responded to the area. RPD officers and the deputy searches the area with their spot lights and the distressed boater could not be located. The deputy made contact with the 911 caller who was at the Illnois Bayou Park and the caller stated that he feared that the boat was sinking. After locating an empty truck and trailer the deputy advised dispatch that he had located the trailer but the boat was not found in the water. At that time, dispatchers requested the response of Pope County OEM.
At 10:08 p.m., as OEM members responded to the park, the stranded boater call was upgraded to a water rescue after it was feared that the boat may be completely submerged in the water.
Upon upgrading the call to a water rescue dispatchers requested the response of the Russellville Fire Department. RFD Engine 3, Engine 1 and Battalion 1advised dispatch they were en route to the call and upon arrival Battalion 1 took command.
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