Man charged after rescue from Kentucky River in Anderson County

A man was charged after he was rescued from the Kentucky River on Thursday afternoon, an official said.

A man was driving an aluminum fishing boat near Lock No. 5 on the Kentucky River when the boat went over the dam, Anderson County Fire Battalion Chief Brandon Brown said. The man told rescuers the boat ran out of gas and the engine shut off while he was nearing the dam, Brown said. The boat was stuck on rocks at the bottom of the dam.

“We thank everyone who was on standby for us during this rescue,” Brown said. He said the rescue was difficult because of the river’s current. Several surrounding counties and state agencies helped in the rescue, Brown said.

Brown said the man, who was uninjured, was arrested by the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife. WKYT-TV reports that he was charged with second-offense operating a vessel under the influence.

Brown said the dam is private property and is owned by the Kentucky River Authority. Brown was not sure why the man was near the dam.

Associated Press contributed to this report.

McKenna Horsley: 859-231-3197, @mckennahorsley