Posted: Wednesday, 12 June 2013 10:57AM

Houseboat Rescue

Winona County authorities say they are closing their investigation into the May 26th incident involving a houseboat carrying eleven people that went through a roller gate at Lock and Dam Seven in Dresbach throwing all eleven into the water.
Chief Deputy Ron Ganrude said after talking with several law enforcement agencies with jurisdiction over the location of the mishap, including the US Coast Guard, there were apparently no criminal violations.
Ganrude said none of the agencies required the 58 foot boat to undergo inspections. The pilot of the boat was not required to be certified as a captain because the boat did not carry enough passengers at the time...and there were enough life jackets on board for all the passengers, which they donned when the boat got into trouble after it's engine stopped as it was approaching the lock.
Seven of the passengers were checked out at a hospital after they were rescued. Four were not injured.  The boat was owned by Mississippi River Rental of La Crosse and was being used as a training session for the passengers who rented it at the time.
Meanwhile, Ganrude said crews were scheduled to remove the boat from where it sank Wednesday and float it down to the owner's marina where it would be removed from the water.  The boat was valued at $175,000.

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Locations : MississippiWinona County
People : Ron Ganrude
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