Yesterday My dog and I put in at columbia bottoms about 4 oclock in the afternoon. I went down to just above the chain of rocks where I like to fish for flat heads. About 7/30 I decide to head back. I get just above the new chain of rocks bridge and all of a sudden my lower unit goes out. I slowly start drifting back towards the chain of rocks. So I let out my anchor and now I am stuck in the middle of the river trying to figure out wtf to do. The only members number I have is Dan so I figure I would call him to see if he knew anyone who was out in the area who could give me a tow. It goes to his answering machine. Every once in a while a tree or big log goes by, it/s getting dark so I get on my vhf radio and ask for help. Nothing, I try for a half hour and finaly get some one on channel 14. He says he is alerting the coast guard and the fades out. I am getting my anchor lights out when pow a big ole log plows into the front of the boat and wraps around the anchor line almost dragging the front of the boat into the water. I call my brother in law on my cell, he calls 911 and finally gets the coast guard in st louis. They are doing fireworks watch duty but say they are heading up. I finally get someone on the radio again and he gets my cell and gives it to the coast guard. They call me and said they are on their way from st louis but they have to go through the lock. I give them my gps numbers and wait and wait and wait. They call every 15 minutes but it is real dark rainy and foggy so they are moving slow. About the time I am wondering if this log at the front of the boat is going to pull me under or break anchor it finally breaks free and I can see their lights in the distance. These guys were great, tied my boat along side of theirs and towed me all the way back to columbia bottoms. Like I said it was dark, rainy and foggy so they went real slow, took way over a hour to get back. They had me in their boat and what a wonderful boat it is, four man crew, twin 225 honda's he said it is a half a million dollar boat. These kids, all in their 20's were great i was mr kane and they were very nice to me and my dog. They had not been on the mo before so I kinda guided them, we finally seen the ramp and when I was just getting ready to tell him to watch for the dike he hit it. I thought wtf now I done sunk the coast guard!!! It wasn/t that bad he just scraped it and went over it. They were going to help me trailor the boat but when they seen the ramp he said he could not ground out the boat to help me so I had them get me close and jumped off with my line and tied her off. I thanked them and figured i would just stay there untill morning and then try to load it. By now it was 1 in the morning I sit in the jeep a while and was finally able to winch it on with my strap and got home about 2. I just took off my lower unit and am in the process of putting another one on now. Thank god for my vhf radio, cell phone and especially the coast guard. Oh and a special thanks to russ for the design of his river anchor,it saved my life.