Family stranded overnight on riverbank

Published 11:59 pm Friday, July 15, 2011

A Port Gibson man and four family members spent a night on the banks of the Mississippi River after their boat ran out gas, Sheriff Martin Pace said.

Gordon Lambert, his wife, Jeri, grandson Caleb Miller and Lambert’s two brothers were found about 1:30 p.m. Friday about 10 miles south of LeTourneau Landing by deputies with the sheriff’s river patrol. They were on the east bank of the river, in Warren County, near the Claiborne County line.

“The Coast Guard received a call about noon from a tow boat captain that passed by them,” Pace said.

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Lambert, the sheriff said, told him that the group put in Thursday at Port Gibson and was fishing when the boat ran out of gas. He said the group headed for the bank, where they moored their boats.

Lambert said a small tow boat sent them a tank of gas to get them back to Port Gibson. The group was preparing to leave when the sheriff’s boat arrived. No one was injured.