Professional fisherman Mark Martin, Brandon Carpenter and Derrick Borge were pre-fishing the Mississippi river in Redwing, Minnesota for the Cabelas NWT tournament trail event when a strange set of events unfolded before their very eyes. As their day was coming to a close, the fishermen headed back towards the launch where Martin noticed a man on shore gesturing and waving something in the air. Mark took note and a good thing he did because the man then jumped into the frigid water of the Mississippi. It was a suicide attempt and in mere seconds the fisherman found themselves in the midst of a rescue situation.
Martin piloted his Lund boat to where he thought the man would be floating. Carpenter noticed bubbles in an area off shore and he took as stab at the muddy water with a long handled net. Brandon was able to snag the man’s elbow and raise his head above water and get a grasp on the struggling individual. Borge and Carpenter held the man as Martin slid his boat into a tiny slip near shore where a struggle ensued. Fisherman on shore called 911 and a rescue squad was dispatched. Mark held the man down on the dock until police arrived and then led the man to safety. “It was a very dangerous situation and I’m glad I wasn’t alone. It was a great group effort and we all hope everything works out for the individual.” said Martin.
John McArdle is a life-long resident of Fond Du Lac and blogs about fishing adventures in the great state of Wisconsin. Anything from trout fishing the Driftless Area to sturgeon spearing on Lake Winnebago, John will provide stories ,tips and photos of his FINtastic adventures in Wisconsin!