A boating outing turned deadly on August 29th. Shortly after 10 p.m., a pontoon boat crash with a larger boat, and five people were cast into the water. The crash happened on the Ohio River in Brown County. Two of the voters went missing after crews were able to rescue three people from the water. Stacy Harper and Darrell Kilgore were not found during the initial search and rescue. They had both fallen overboard.
The Ohio Department of Natural Resources has worked over the weekend and the last few days to find these two men. One body was found in the early morning hours of August 31st. The identity of the man has not been released to the public, and the search continues for the second person.
Following the crash of both boats were taken to shore. There was one person who was on the larger boat and had not been sent into the water, that needed medical attention.
The search-and-rescue initially involved at least eight votes. They called the river's Waters from Dawn till Dusk on Sundays August 30th. With little results on Sunday, the crews brought in additional boats from nearby agencies for support. The Ohio Department of Natural Resources received assistance from Boone County water rescue, as well as Ripley Fire Department.
Additional volunteers came in through the coordination of the Christian Aid Ministries. Families and friends have sought hope in quickly finding the men, but that hope diminished shortly after the location of one deceased victim.
All emergency and rescue agencies involved are advocating that people put a greater focus on water safety. Boat crashes are completely avoidable, and water safety is paramount—many local fishermen who frequent the Ohio River or also expressing the same thought. Family's or cruise that work on the water or enjoy time on the river should know and consistently exercise good water safety. If you're involved in a wreck on a boat, contact our Cincinnati boating accident attorneys today.