By Kristine Kern
Terry Miller, Adrian and Marty Javurek, Pierre have been friends for about 40 years, since they were roommates in college. The pair get together several times a year to go hunting and fishing. Miller and Javurek went out for one day of fishing on October 12 before the weather got too cold. It was a cold day with a brisk wind as the pair headed out onto the Missouri River south of Oahe Dame.
Marty was steering the motor at the back of the boat when they hit something underwater. He was thrown from the boat injuring his left side as he hit the water. Terry Miller crawled from his seat in the middle of the boat to get back to the motor and steer the boat back to Marty who was fighting to stay above water. Because of the cold temperature, Marty was wearing heavy clothes making it difficult for him to stay afloat. Terry steered the boat to Marty and grabbed onto him, but Marty, injured and cold from the water, was unable to help pull himself into the boat. The weight of Marty and his wet clothes made it impossible for Terry to pull his friend back into the boat. Marty and Terry began to yell for help, three fisherman in another boat heard their cries and came to help. They got Marty back into his boat and after making sure Marty and Terry were okay they left. Marty and Terry realized after the accident that they hadn’t asked their rescuers names or properly thanked them for their heroic deed.
Marty was only in the water a little over five minutes but the cold water temperature and frigid winds, along with his bruises, made it impossible for him to help with his rescue.
Marty suffered some nasty bruises from his fall into the water but is fine otherwise. When asked about another fishing trip Terry quickly replied “no more fishing this year, but we will be out again next year.” Both men know they are very lucky that help was nearby Terry laughed and said “sometimes God sends angels our way and they are dressed like South Dakota fisherman!”