Man recovering after being rescued from local river - KCTV5 News

Man recovering after being rescued from local river

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PLATTE COUNTY, MO (KCTV) -

A man who said he was in a local river for three days has been rescued and is being treated.

The incident happened just after 7:30 a.m. where the Platte River meets the Missouri River near Farley, Missouri.

A husband and wife were out fishing for catfish when they saw what they thought was a dead body in the river, caught up in a tree hanging over the water.

As they got closer, they realized the man was alive. When they couldn’t get him in their boat, they called 911.

The authorities sent two boats out to get him and then set him to the hospital in an ambulance. He is expected to recover.

According to the Platte County Battalion Chief, the man told emergency crews that he had been in the water for three days.

“He was so submerged in underneath the trees and stuff like that, the only reason they saw him was they were catfishing and, as they were picking up their lines, she thought she saw a body," Jason Ekis said.

He said the man is lucky he was spotted because the water is high and the brush is thick in the river right now. 

“If those people fishing didn’t see him, it would be a body recovery," he said. "We have done recovery, helped the police and law enforcement recover bodies out of the river, and we’ve done that on numerous occasions in my 20-plus years. So, yeah, to see it end this way was good for everybody."

They do not yet know why he was out there or how he was incapacitated.

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