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It wasn't the kind of day you'd dream of sailing the river, yet that's exactly what two guys from Kansas did as they launched from LeClaire in an attempt to sail down the Mississippi.
     
Eventually, near the I-74 bridge, the sailboat got caught on the wing dam that runs through the middle of the river. They claim it was only snowing when they left, but then the fog set in, and that's why they got stuck on the rocks.

"I was driving at the time, I was steering. I was trying to pay attention to the buoys that would come up every so often. And eventually I just stopped seeing the buoys and I just saw the rocks and I tried to like miss them and take a hard right and eventually we just slammed into the rocks and got stuck," said Tanner Ballenge. "it certainly came on suddenly. You know when these snowflakes started to get big and heavy the river just kind of sucked itself in. I would expect that they were taken quite a bit off guard by that sudden deduction in viability"

The fire department had to come out and rescue the guys, leaving the sailboat behind.
     
The boat was retrieved and the men are back on their journey to the Gulf of Mexico.

 

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