A father and daughter fishing crew were tossed into the Missouri River Monday when their boat hit something below the water’s surface, but were able to call to a friend on the shore for help.
Jim Welter had earlier dropped Gary Graham and Graham’s daughter Tabitha Standley at Riverview Marina expecting them to check fishing lines along the rock wing dikes.
After pulling away, he broke from his normal routine and decided to drive to get a view of the river from the old DeBruce Grain site near Central Avenue.
There he heard Standley, his fiance, calling for help.
Moments earlier, she and her dad were checking lines like they have all summer.
Their was a sudden jolt at their jon boat hit something below the surface. By Standley’s account, the front of the boat raised up and it flipped over.
Graham said the boat bounced out of the water after hitting the obstacle and rolled like a barrel.
Graham was tossed and landed in the water and Standley was jolted forward, barely missing a windshield window. The boat came down on her.
“The boat started to flip and all I saw was my dad's face,” said the 25-year-old Standley.
Moments later, she was in the water with the boat above her.
She swam down, deeper into the current, and came back up to the surface.
“I was worried about my dad, but when I came up I saw him there gripping the boat,” she said.
Standley grabbed a life jacket before it floated away and, after a debate with Graham, convinced him to wear it.
Welter meanwhile went to get another boat and raced the 18 city-blocks from his vantage point on the riverbank to Riverview Marina.
He found the two sitting on top of the capsized boat, which had snagged on an underwater sand bar.
Percival Fire and Rescue was originally called by workers at Gavilon Grain who saw the boat on the Iowa side of the river.Nebraska City Fire and EMS provided mutual aid.