Jackson County
Sheriff's Office
Brownstown, Indiana
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Two Rescued from Disabled Boat

Photo of Rockford Dam near Seymour


On Sunday February 19th 2017 at 2:04 PM Jackson County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to the White River Dam at Rockford to investigate a report of two people trapped in a disabled Ranger Bass boat on the river.


The boat reportedly lost its power before becoming stuck on the Dam. Deputy Dustin Steward said when he arrived, the front end of the boat was slamming into the dam and taking on water.


Steward and Reserve Deputy Joe Francis threw a rope to 52 year old Carl Bottorff and 43 year old Mechelle Bottorff, both of Seymour, and pulled their boat approximately 50 feet to the shore.


The Bottorffs were then transported by Jackson County EMS to Schneck Medical Center in Seymour for evaluation and treatment of mild hypothermia.


Also responding to the scene were Jackson County Reserve Deputies Brad Barker and Scott Davis, Brownstown Officers Joe Kelly and John Long, Conservation Officer Rob KlaKamp, Indiana State Police Troopers Chris Lockman and Bryce Harris, Seymour Fire Department, and Jackson County EMS.