Posted: Tuesday, 10 July 2012 4:49PM
A fisherman has a Wisconsin DNR game warden to thank or the angler may not be alive today.
The DNR says Game Warden Ed McCann of La Crosse happened to be out patrolling about 11:30 p.m. on July 4th when he spotted a cooler floating down the Mississippi River. Investigating further, McCann also discovered a man standing in a boat that was nearly submerged in the raging current.
The man was up to his thighs in the water.
McCann pulled up next to the man and managed to get him into his DNR boat safely...which was not an easy task since the angler weighed about 285 pounds.
The angler, whose name was not released, was not wearing a life jacket at the time but has now vowed to get one and wear it each time he is on the river.
McCann says it was just luck that he happened to be the right place at the right time just driving his boat down river.