A boater injured after being shocked by an energized electrical line Wednesday in Maries County was an experienced boater, according to another man in the boat.
The boater shocked has been identified as Darryl Davis, of rural Rolla.
Jim Jackson, who was in the boat at the time when it happened, shared with The Rolla Daily News what happened.
According to Jackson, Davis, his daughter, Emily, and Jackson were in the boat helping people who were affected by flooding at Nagagomi Lodge.
Jackson said the boat drifted into a power line, which got pinned under the steering column.
Jackson said Davis was shocked when he tried to use a plastic Gingham rod to free the boat from the electrical line.
Jackson said Davis was in the boat when the incident occurred.
Jackson was able to get the boat unhooked from the power line and, with the help of Mike Foster, was able to get back to shore to call 911.
EMS personnel with the Phelps County Ambulance District responded to the scene.
Davis was airlifted to a hospital in Columbia, where he was stabilized, according to Jackson.
About two hours later, Davis was transferred to a burn unit at Mercy Hospital in Creve Coeur near St. Louis, Jackson said.
Davis said Jackson made it through surgery and was expected to be taken off a ventilator. Davis was placed in an induced coma, Jackson said.
Jackson described Davis as “a very experienced boater and one of the nicest guys you’ll ever meet.” Jackson said Davis served in the National Guard.