Hunter Talks About Missouri River Rescue

Born and raised in Nebraska, 26-year-old Colby Kerber has spent much of his life outdoors.

"I hunt quite a bit. We probably duck hunt 25 or 30 times a year," said Kerber.

When he and some friends decided to go duck hunting this week in northern Nebraska, he expected more of the same.

"We put in early that morning, at about 4 o'clock, and there was zero ice on the river," he said.

But all his years of hunting could not prepare him for what was to come.

Nebraska Game and Parks and the State Patrol were called in to rescue Kerber and his friends after rapidly forming ice left his and another boat stranded for four hours.

Kerber said he'd never seen anything like it before.

"The back waters and the boat docks sometimes freeze up but I've never seen the main channel freeze up like that."

Colby and his friends are safely back on dry land thanks to precautions he said every hunter should always take.

"If we didn't have all the proper supplies that we needed, the proper clothing, the heaters, the food and water, those types of things... it could have been a different situation. Our situation was more just 'when are we going to get out of here,' but if we didn't have those things, we sure could have been in a lot of trouble," he said.

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