Fishermen rescued after spending night stranded on lake

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Rescue crews in Rowan County rescued two stranded fishermen from a boat on Cave Run Lake early Wednesday.

First-cousins, Nathan and Richard Helton, were in the lake when their boat battery died around 7 p.m. Tuesday.

"we've fished all night before, but they knew we weren't going to fish all night. Usually we get home around nine," explained Nathan Helton.

Family members became concerned when the Heltons hadn't returned home by 11 p.m. Search and rescue crews were called in around 2 a.m. Wednesday.

"We fished too long, our batteries went dead," said Richard Helton. "Where we was, we was stranded. No other boats to give us help. We paddled where we could and when it got dark, we quit."

Emergency crews say this is exactly what the two avid fisherman should have done. They say when things get dark, the scenery can change and it is easy for even the most experienced boaters to loose their bearings. Emergency Management officials say since they stayed put, the search went much faster.

The Heltons were found around 7 a.m. in the Blackwater area of Cave Run Lake, which is 15 to 20 miles from where their boat became disabled.

The Heltons weren't hurt.

The men say they want to go home, take showers and go fishing again.

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