Seymour couple pulled from disabled boat

A Seymour couple were pulled from their disabled boat Sunday afternoon after it became stuck on the Rockford Dam on the East Fork White River north of Seymour.

After being pulled to shore, Carl Dean Bottorff, 52, and Mechelle Elena Bottorff, 43, were taken to Schneck Medical Center for evaluation and treatment of mild hypothermia by Jackson County Emergency Medical Services personnel.

Conservation Officer Robert Klakamp said in a news release that the initial investigation showed the couple were fishing in a Ranger bass boat north of the dam when their trolling motor lost power.

County Officer Dustin Steward, who was sent to the scene at 2:08 p.m., said when he arrived, the front end of the boat was slamming into the dam and taking on water.

Steward and Jackson County reserve officer Joey Francis were able to use a throw bag to reach the boat and pull it ashore so the Bottorffs could get out of it. The boat then went over the dam.

It took a couple of attempts, but the Bottorffs were eventually able to grab the throw bag and tie a rope to the boat so rescue workers could pull it about 50 foot to a concrete wall, Steward said.

For the rest of the story, read Tuesday’s edition of The Tribune.