Three boats sunk due to bad weather conditions at Ingalls Harbor in Decatur Saturday morning.
"It was just not a good time to be out in the water this morning. When you look at the water and it looks like the back side of the ocean, you might just want to stay in the house for a little while," Michael Overall with the Morgan County Rescue Squad said.
State troopers say the boaters were out in the water for the annual Winter Blues on Wheeler catfishing tournament.
The Morgan County Rescue Squad was called to assist at around 5 a.m. Initially, 6 boats were missing. They were able to find all the boats. Three of them sunk.
They were located near the boat house, Decatur bridge and nuclear plant. Rescue crews towed 2 of the 3 sunken boats out of the water by 11 a.m.
State troopers say the rough water with waves of up to 7 feet led to the boats capsizing.
"Out here this morning, they should have been no reason these guys left out when they did. They probably should have hung around a little bit longer and started the tournament a little bit later," Overall said.
Nobody was hurt in the incident.
Still, state troopers and rescue crews want boaters to be aware of their surroundings before going out in the water.
"What happened today was easily preventable," State Trooper Larry Adams said.
State troopers say this situation could have quickly turned deadly. Adams says the boaters would not have survived more than 20 minutes if they had fallen in the water because it was so cold.
Winter Blues on Wheeler catfishing tournament was rescheduled for tomorrow morning.