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QC Dive Team Warns Boaters to Stay Off the Mississippi

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High waters are still cause for concern in the QCA. The Big River Rescue and Recovery Dive Team has been called out six times this year because of incidents on the river.

Mark Poulos is a member of The Big River Rescue and Recovery Dive Team in The Quad Cities. He's been doing this for over 20-years and says people should take these warnings into consideration.

"Common sense should come into play, if the coast guard says it's too dangerous to be out there, they're saying that for a reason," Poulos said.

He and his team were called to an incident Friday night after a man tried to launch his boat into the river.

The man ended up losing his truck to the fast current, but they eventually pulled the truck out.

Poulos says if the man had stayed in his truck things would have been much more serious.

"Vehicles are replaceable, but when there's human life involved that's when, that's what majority we are called for, is to help recover the remains of somebody that has drowned in the river," he said.

Richard Sadler, the dive team's medical officer, says any accident in the river like Friday night's is taken very seriously, and boaters should be more aware of the risks they're taking.

"There's no such thing as a little accident in this kind of water if somebody goes overboard you now have a real emergency and your ability to save them can be compromised, and that leads to tragedy," he said.

For boaters who still decide to go out on the waters, the team says life jackets and safety equipment are vital in order to stay alive.

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