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Man Escapes Injury At Marseilles Dam

Posted by wlpo on July 26, 2010

A man from Montgomery was left without a scratch after going on a wild ride through the Marseilles dam.

Conservation Police Sgt. Hank Frazier says Stephen Koempel of Montgomery was on a jet ski with a buddy yesterday afternoon near the lock and dam in Marseilles.   His jet ski died out, leaving him floating towards the dam.  Frazier says the friend threw him a rope but wasn’t able to stop Koempel from floating to the dam.  Koempel ended up cutting the rope and dove into the dam.

Frazier says Koempel resurfaced unharmed 45 yards downstream.  The jet ski was found farther down the river and was totaled.

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