Emergency

Two men in a jet boat that had gotten stuck on a sandbar on the Stillwater River had to be rescued after sunset Sunday.

The call came in after 4 p.m., just before sunset and as rain was turning into snow, said Crystal Arnold, communications officer for Stillwater County Sheriff and Search and Rescue and the county sheriff’s office.

“They had their boat pretty well stuck on a sandbar,” she said.

Around 7:15 p.m. a three-man Search and Rescue raft team reached the boat and helped get it to the next nearest boat launch — a private launch downstream.

The men in the boat first wanted to continue downstream to Laurel, but responders persuaded them to exit at the nearest boat launch and return in the morning for their boat, Arnold said. Everyone was off the river by 7:30 p.m., Arnold said.

The men — both in their late 20s or early 30s — were cold, but otherwise well, Arnold said. Arnold did not know the men’s names or where they were from.

A river rescue this late in the year was an oddity to Arnold, who’s been with the office for 14 years.

“In the history of me being here we’ve never had a river rescue in December,” she said.

Park City Fire, and Columbus Fire Department also responded to the incident.

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