Alcorn County officers rescue stranded boater stuck on water in near freezing temperatures

A Tippah County resident was rescued by Alcorn County police officers and a Mississippi Department of Wildlife officer after his boat malfunctioned and left him stranded in near freezing temperatures.

From the Alcorn County Sheriffs Department:

On Sunday evening November 14, 2021 Alcorn County Deputy Julio Macias, and Deputy Brandon Webber put into practice the motto “To Serve and Protect”.

At Approximately 7:10 p.m. Alcorn County Dispatch received a call that a male from Tippah County had been fishing in a boat on the Hatchie River and became stranded when his motor malfunctioned. The male had very little cell phone service but was able to text his girlfriend that he needed help.

With the assistance of MS Department of Wildlife officer Ben Houston and a local resident Mr. Tyler Franks, Deputies Macias and Webber began to search for the stranded male near CR 652 in Alcorn County. The officers walked approximately a mile and half on foot to the river.

The officers were able to locate the stranded male on the opposite side of the river. Officers were able to cross the river by walking on a tree that had fallen across the river and make contact with the stranded male. Fortunately the male was not injured.

The officers then assisted the male across the river and they were able to walk him out of the area. At approximately 10:00 p.m. the officers and the individual arrived back on CR 652 where the male was checked and cleared by EMS.

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