2 people drowned at Cannelton today

Discussion in 'LOCAL INDIANA TALK' started by OhioRiver, Aug 4, 2008.

  1. OhioRiver

    OhioRiver New Member

    Messages:
    307
    State:
    Indiana
    I dont know if it was below the dam or above the dam. When I hear more, I'll post more.
     
  2. OhioRiver

    OhioRiver New Member

    Messages:
    307
    State:
    Indiana
    SECOND UPDATE - BREAKING NEWS - Search continues for two missing fishermen

    [​IMG] [FONT=arial,helvetica]Photo by Vince Luecke[/FONT]
    [FONT=arial,helvetica]Paramedics and members of the Perry County Rescue Squad carry an injured man from the Ohio River Monday morning after boats he and three other fishermen were in capsized near the Cannelton Locks and Dam. He was flown to a Louisville, Ky., hospital. A second man was also rescued. Police said he was the only one of the four men wearing a life preserver. Recovery efforts were under way Monday afternoon for the other two men. [/FONT]
    By VINCE LUECKE
    CANNELTON - Indiana conservation officers using side-scanning sonar were probing the depths below the Cannelton Locks and Dam Monday afternoon after two small fishing boats overturned in turbulent water below the dam's gates.
    Two men were missing and presumed drowned, authorities said. A third and fourth man were rescued by other anglers in the area. Officers said one of the boats was torn to pieces by the force of water spilling over the dam.
    Authorities were working at noon to confirm the identity of one of the two missing men, said Officer Mac Spainhour, a public-information officer with the law-enforcement division of the Indiana Department of Natural Resources. One of the missing men has been identified as Bart Zimmerman of Corydon. The other missing man is from Perry County.
    Family members were gathering in Hafele Park in Cannelton and were being updated on the search.
    A call for help was dispatched through Hancock County, Ky., to dispatchers at the Tell City Police Department at around 7:30 a.m., reporting that a boat had capsized near the dam. Police later learned two boats were missing, the second capsizing while trying to aid fishermen in the first craft.
    According to Spainhour, two boats were fishing below the dam Monday morning when a third boat passed between them and traveled too close to the dam's gates, getting caught up in the roiling water that passes through the gates.
    That boat capsized, sending its two occupants into the water. Occupants of one of the two nearby boats tried to help the victims, but it, too, overturned, sending two more people into the water. The third boat, along with two others the area, were able to pull two men, one from each of the stricken craft, from the water. One of the rescued men was not breathing and anglers began performing CPR on him with apparent success, since his heart was beating by the time he reached the shore. He was flown to University Hospital in Louisville, Ky. The other rescued man, the only one of the four wearing a life preserver, was exhausted and disoriented but was able to share some information with police before being taken to Perry County Memorial Hospital for evaluation. Watch for more information as it becomes available.
     

  3. whiteriverbigcats

    whiteriverbigcats New Member

    Messages:
    3,452
    State:
    Indiana
    they must have been in a small john boat... That really sucks... Thanks for the info
     
  4. catchaser19

    catchaser19 New Member

    Messages:
    221
    State:
    UTAH
    That just goes to show how fast things can change. one minute your laughin with buddies with a cold beer, the next your fightin for your life. Thanks for the post.
     
  5. Mickey

    Mickey New Member Supporting Member

    Messages:
    14,592
    State:
    Illinois
    This is some sad info. Thanks for the update.
     
  6. ozzy

    ozzy New Member

    Messages:
    3,936
    State:
    Lost Wages
    Prayers sent from Nevada.
     
  7. river scum

    river scum New Member

    Messages:
    3,474
    State:
    hooterville indiana
    sad sad story for sure. lets hope its the last of its kind for this year.
     
  8. OhioRiver

    OhioRiver New Member

    Messages:
    307
    State:
    Indiana
    they called off the search until tomorrow. Still no sign of the 2 missing guys
     
  9. OhioRiverCatfisher

    OhioRiverCatfisher New Member

    Messages:
    284
    State:
    West Virginia
    Eric, thanks for the post. Really sad news to hear and I assure you my prayers go out to the men and their families...
     
  10. OhioRiver

    OhioRiver New Member

    Messages:
    307
    State:
    Indiana
    CANNELTON - The bodies of two men feared drowned in a Monday-morning boating accident were recovered Tuesday afternoon. Searchers recovered the bodies of Ricky Wiseman, 47, of Troy and 49-year-old Barton Zimmerman of Corydon Tuesday afternoon after their boats were capsized Monday morning. Both were recovered not far from the Cannelton Locks and Dam, whose downstream-side turbulence was said to have overturned their boats.
     
  11. bgmik1313

    bgmik1313 New Member

    Messages:
    46
    State:
    indiana
    This really sucks. We should all pray for them and their families.:sad2:
     
  12. Larry Beever

    Larry Beever New Member

    Messages:
    279
    State:
    Indianapolis Indiana
    What a sad story. I hope it motivates people
    to be extra carefull on the water.
     
  13. tswebb71

    tswebb71 Member

    Messages:
    405
    State:
    So. IL
    When you get sucked in, it will take basically any size boat under. It's wicked right in front of the gates. Moreover, if you don't have your life jacket on, you can't get out. Guys, be safe out there.