Missouri B.A.S.S. Nation anglers rescue woman on Lake of the Ozarks

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Jeff Sell, right, talks to Jim Zieger, president of the Missouri B.A.S.S. Nation, about the rescue he and teammate Alan Daniels had just undertaken on Lake of the Ozarks.

“I now have a new hero in my life, and his name is Jeff Sell of the Leavenworth Bass Club.”

That’s what Alan Daniels, a member of the Backlashers of Kansas City bass club, said after he and Sell helped save a woman’s life in the 2016 Missouri B.A.S.S. Nation Championship on the Lake of the Ozarks, Oct. 15-16.

It was the second day of the championship, this past Sunday. Daniels describes it as a beautiful day, the temperature was in the mid-80s, and the lake and shores were full of people out enjoying the weather.

Daniels and Sell were fishing a long stretch of docks just off the main channel. Daniels had just put his second keeper in the livewell, and then he heard someone crying.

“I was looking around to find out where this was coming from,” Daniels said, “and I noticed a lady, possibly in her mid-60s, in the water. She was fully clothed and seemed to be struggling.”

Daniels alerted Sell, and the two dived into action.

“We threw the rods on the deck, yelled at a gentleman working his boat that his neighbor is hurt and sped her way with the trolling motor on high, as she was only three docks away.”

The woman was hurt, and blood was running down her arm.

“I got the boat as close to the dock as possible, and Jeff jumped off to help get her ladder put in the water,” Daniels said.