FORT MADISON, Iowa — A Marshal was injured on Day One of the Bassmaster Elite Series River Rumble at Fort Madison, Iowa, Thursday, but is "alert and being treated" at a local hospital, according to BASS spokesman Doug Grassian.
Jerry Van Sickle of Oelwein, Iowa, was thrown from Derek Remitz' boat shortly after takeoff when the boat struck a submerged log that was floating down the river.
The boat, piloted by Remitz, was the only craft involved in the incident. Remitz said he was following other competitors into a bay and was going a moderate speed when his boat hit the log. Although shaken, Remitz was able to resume competition after Van Sickle was taken to the hospital.
"BASS wishes Jerry the best in his recovery," Grassian said. "BASS works with anglers, Marshals and local authorities to ensure the safest possible conditions but when athletes are competing at the highest level of competition, some risk remains. This does not diminish our sincere regret that this happened."