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MO man saved after clinging onto boat seat for 6 hours in KY Lake

(Source: Mike Mohundro, KFVS) (Source: Mike Mohundro, KFVS)

Tragedy nearly struck on Kentucky Lake on Saturday when six people fought for their lives after their boat sank. 

It was around 4 p.m. that the Marshall County Rescue Squad responded near the Big Bear Resort at Kentucky Lake in Marshall County. 

It was reported that six people fell into the water and one person was missing.

Marshall County Rescue Squad Curt Curtner said it was very windy on Saturday and the water was very choppy. 

Curtner says the group in the boat was heading back to the marine because of the water being so dangerous.  

While the group was heading back to shore, they hit a wave, sending everyone to the back of the boat. 

At that time another wave hit, and another caused the boat to take on water. 

The boat started sinking, sending everyone out into the water. 

Five of the six occupants swam through the rough water conditions and made it to shore safely. 

The sixth person, a 22 year old male, was missing.

The rescue squad initiated a recovery operation. 

After searching the waters for hours, the operation was suspended around 9 p.m. due to nightfall and the rough conditions. 

The search would be resumed Sunday morning. 

About an hour later, Curtner was informed someone heard a man yelling for help in the water. 

The rescue squad reactivated immediately and responded to the area.

A person who was in a nearby lake subdivision heard a person in the water yelling for help. 

The rescue squad went out and retrieved the individual and found him to be the missing 22 year old. 

He was located about a mile away from where the boat sank and hanging on to a seat cushion from the boat for six hours.

"He had a guardian angel on his shoulders," Curtner said.

All six occupants were taken to the Marshall County Hospital to get checked out.

The boat was found with the end sticking out of the water and was recovered.

Curtner said this was a team effort in locating this man and thanks the Marshall County Emergency Medical, East Marshall Fire Department, McCracken County Rescue Squad and Emergency Medical, Marshall County EMS, Marshall County Sheriff's Department, KY Fish and Wildlife, Fairdealing Olive Fire Department and 911 services for helping.

"It's times like these that remind us why we are got into this field," Curtner said. 

"It's miraculous he survived and a great outcome to a bad situation."

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