Two Rescued From Capsized Sailboat On Lake Oahe During Friday Storm

(KCCR) — Two people on a sail boat in Lake Oahe are uninjured after their vessel overturned during severe weather on Friday. Pierre Fire Chief Ian Paul says Central South Dakota Communications dispatched the Pierre Fire Department Rescue unit around 3:20 pm…

“We had somebody up in the Peoria Flats area notice that there was a sailboat out in the middle of the lake and they have witnessed that it’s the wind caught it and blew it over and they called nine-one-one and we were dispatched out with the Rescue unit.”
Two boats were dispatched with the Pierre Rescue Unit. A severe thunderstorm warning was posted for lower Lake Oahe at the time and that delayed the rescue of the two male occupants…

“As we’re responding the weather was…The rain was so heavy it was difficult to see in front of ya on the road, so it took a little bit to get up there, but we did stage a boat at Corp Bay and one at Peoria Flats and so once we had a little bit of a break in the weather and also the people on that were on the capsized boat at a dry box and was able to get to their cell phone. They’re able to call and dispatch was able get a little better location.  We were able to launch both our Rescue boats and come up on the boat rather quickly.”
Paul says the boaters were not familiar with what strong winds can do on a large body of water like Lake Oahe…

“This two individuals were not from the Pierre area and so they might not have…got the full understanding of how rough those waters can get when you got inclement weather up there it can…it can turn on a dime up there and that’s kind of what happened here.”
The owners of the sailboat worked with a Pierre-based underwater recovery company recover the vessel on Saturday. The boaters were in the water for less than an hour before being rescued.