Upriver employees recovering after boat overturned

Published 12:11 am Saturday, October 11, 2014

VIDALIA — The owner of the boat that overturned in the Mississippi River Wednesday night said his two employees who were left stranded in the water are recovering from minor injuries.

Garrett Yelverton, owner of Upriver Boat Supply, confirmed two of his employees were rescued from the river Wednesday night, but declined to discuss further details of the incident, but said initial reports of the accident were incorrect.

“All I can say is that pulling up to a tug boat can be dangerous and you just have to be as safe as you can,” Yelverton said. “Everybody involved is fine.”

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Local law enforcement officials reported the night of the incident that the boat suddenly sank while the employees were attempting to deliver the supplies.

U.S. Coast Guard public affairs specialist Ryan Tippets said the power of the tugboat’s motor actually caused the Upriver Boat Supply boat to overturn.

The two employees were stranded in the river for some time at approximately 10:30 p.m. Wednesday.

Tippets said the tugboat captain helped pull the employees out of the water and transported them to Two J Ranch. One was transported to Natchez Regional Medical Center to receive stitches, while an ambulance treated the other on site.

Yelverton said the company was able to retrieve its boat from the water Friday,

Tippets said he was unsure if the Coast Guard would investigate the incident further.