The Portage Co. Sheriff's Office. (Metro Wire photo)

PCSO: No injuries after boat capsizes Tuesday morning

Metro Wire Staff

The Portage Co. Sheriff’s Office said there were no injuries after two men were stranded in the Wisconsin River after their boat capsized.

Emergency crews were called to the north end of Bukolt Park at 5:55 a.m. on Oct. 18 when a caller reported two men were clinging to the top of their overturned boat. The men had lifejackets with them in the boat, but they were unable to reach them.

A deputy from the Portage County Sheriff’s Office arrived and observed three hunters about the launch their boat from the park. The female deputy asked if they’d be willing to assist, as it was a life-threatening situation, and “without hesitation, they agreed,” a news release from PCSO said.

Two paramedics from the Stevens Point Fire Department hitched a ride with the three boaters, rescued the men, and returned them to shore.

The two men, both aged 23, did not sustain any injuries and declined medical treatment.

A warden from the Wisconsin DNR also responded to the scene.

“The Portage County Sheriff’s Office would like to thank the three people who volunteered to assist during this emergency,” Sgt. Nikki Lukas said. “They were in the right place at the right time and acted quickly and bravely. This community is blessed to have such good people amongst us.”