Boaters get a tow above Lock 7 on Mohawk River

lock 7 boat towNiskayuna firemen towed a fishing boat that was stuck due to a dead motor to safety on the Mohawk River above Lock 7 on Tuesday. Photo by Steven Cook.
lock 7 boat tow

Niskayuna firemen towed a fishing boat that was stuck due to a dead motor to safety on the Mohawk River above Lock 7 on Tuesday. Photo by Steven Cook.

STEVEN COOK
Gazette Reporter

NISKYAUNA — A father and his two sons out fishing this afternoon on the Mohawk River got stuck after their boat motors died above Lock 7.

The three were saved from the danger of drifting down river toward the lock and falls as their boat got grounded near the Niskayuna shore.

The boat was grounded about two miles up from the lock, fire officials said. All three were safely towed back to shore by a crew from Niskayuna Fire District 2 in an airboat.

The crew pulled up along side the fishing boat, secured it with ropes and guided it back to the boat ramp at Lock 7, according to District 2 Rescue Captain John Bradke.

“We just roped it to the side and we gave it all we got and we brought it back in,” Bradke said.

The wind posed some problems for the airboat, but Bradke credited his boat driver with getting the job done.

Stranded in the boat were Corey Hill and his sons Corey, Jr., 23, and Terrell, 13.

The father said that first the main boat motor stopped working, then their small trolling motor ran out of battery power, leaving them stranded.

“Luckily, it got wedged in between some rocks,” the father said of the motor.

Hill said he was worried, but he knew when he called 911, help would come quickly.

“They were here in like 15 minutes,” he said.

“They were great,” Hill said later of the rescuers. “They were fabulous.”

Hill said they had just bought the boat. They had a smaller one, but wanted to upgrade.

“We’re safe, Hill said. “I’m not happy with the way the boat performed, but I’m happy that we’re safe.”

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Erin K. O'Neill
Erin K. O'Neill is the Web Editor at The Daily Gazette of Schenectady, NY.