WARRIOR, AL (WBRC) – Three teens who were stranded on the Black Warrior River for twenty hours have now been rescued.
The two 18-year-olds and one 14-year-old say they were mislead by a friend into thinking the trip would only take 8 hours. They add that the low river level caused them to get stuck on rocks several times and delayed their progress. By 10:00 p.m. Wednesday night, they called the police to get help.
The boaters were located, but the time spent looking for them forced the rescuers to turn back due to equipment failure. After getting new equipment, rescue crews returned to the river. The Jefferson County Sheriff's Department kept watch on the teens in the meantime via helicopter.
The teens say it got so dark they could not see their hands in front of their faces, but luckily they had two flashlights. Police told them to keep moving, but they felt they needed to take a break by 5:00 a.m. on Thursday morning and they dozed off in the boat. Officers on shore were expecting them to turn up around 6:00 a.m. and were surprised to not find the boaters show up.
Rescue workers say this is a common problem in the area. The distance between where the boaters put in and were they were headed is only about 2 miles apart, but authorities say it can be a 12 hour trip by boat.
Rescue workers say the teens are not injured, just frustrated and dehydrated.
The teens say the 13 fish they caught were not worth it.
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