Boaters get help after getting stuck on river in Ottawa

Boaters get help after getting stuck on river in Ottawa

Ottawa River Rescue helped free a 25- to 30-foot boat that got stuck on an underwater “wing dam” in the Illinois River near Ottawa High School Friday night. Nobody was hurt; the boat was just caught. The River Rescue volunteers worked to lighten the boat’s load so it could move freely. A wing dam guides water flow to slow it down near the shore and keep it moving faster in the center channel.