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Four duck hunters left stranded after boat sinks

December 5, 2011

By Amber Ruch, McCracken.KFVS12.com

MCCRACKEN COUNTY, KY (KFVS) - The McCracken County Sheriff's Department says three men were stranded after the boat they were duck hunting sank.

The sheriff's department says at about 6 a.m. Monday 36-year-old Nathan Crabtree, 11-year-old son Logan Crabtree, 50-year-old Ed Youngblood, all three of Kevil and 40-year-old Anthony Powell of West Paducah launched a 12-foot Jon boat at the end of Carrico Landing into the back water of the Ohio River and Crawford Lake to duck hunt.

Deputies say the boat was overloaded and began to take on water over the bow of the boat about 200 yards from the bank. They say the boat slowly sank leaving the duck hunters hanging on trees that were standing in the backwater.

Before the boat went down, deputies say Nathan Crabtree was able to call his wife, who then notified authorities.

According to the sheriff's department, the boaters were rescued by two local men in another Jon Boat.

Ballard and McCracken DES, West McCracken Fire Department, Kentucky Fish and Wildlife and the McCracken Sheriff's Department responded to the scene.

Mercy Regional took Crabtree, his son and Powell to Western Baptist hospital for evaluation.

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