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Father and son rescued while boating in Neches River

Source: KTRE Staff Source: KTRE Staff
Source: KTRE Staff Source: KTRE Staff
POLLOK, TX (KTRE) -

When 34-year-old Kason South took his 6-year-old son on a boat trip down the Neches River the unexpected happened. His boat got stuck.

“He called his wife and said, 'Hey this is where I’m at, I can’t go any further,'” said Timothy Walker, a Texas Parks & Wildlife game warden.

Like any mother would do, she called for help, fearing the worst but hoping for the best.

“She was comfortable that her husband would take care of the child, but she didn’t like the situation,” Walker said. “The fact that the little boy was not home and secure with her, she realized she might have to do without him for a night.”

As hours went by, temperatures begin to drop into the 50s.

“At the time he felt like his only option was to wait on daylight the next morning,” Walker said. “If law enforcement came that night, then it would be that much sweeter.”

Officials said the reason they were stuck was due to the low water levels and log jams.

“If it’s too low, you’re going to have a hard time due to log jams and low water," Walker said. “It was pretty steep where he was at. Since he was so low, he couldn’t really see any landmarks or anything.”

Thanks to a PHI helicopter provided by CHI Health Saint Luke’s Memorial around 4 a.m. Sunday, the South family was finally reunited.

“Everybody was happy. They knew they were going to be sleeping in their own beds,” Walker said. “That’s a big deal."

Walker advises people who are thinking about going boating on the Neches River to take plenty of light and extra batteries and make sure your phone is fully charged.

Also, be prepared for the elements by taking a rain jacket with you.

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