Crews Searching for Metropolis Man in Ohio River
UPDATED 5:25 p.m. TUESDAY, DECEMBER 10, 2013
WSIL -- Authorities have identified the man who fell into the Ohio River early Tuesday morning as Dustin Burnham, 27, of Metropolis.
The McCracken County, KY Sheriff's Office says Burnham fell into the river while working for Hunter Sand and Gravel near Joppa in Massac County.
Crews say they'll look for Burnham as long as the weather and water conditions permit. Search efforts stretch from Joppa to 20 miles down river near the Olmsted Lock and Dam.
According to US Coast Guard Chief Harry Herman, the victim was stepping off a dredger to get on a towing vessel when he slipped and fell into the river.
It happened around 3:30 a.m. Tuesday morning and Herman says the early morning snow could be to blame.
Company officials say crew members quickly tried to save their co-worker.
Several agencies responded including the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, the US Coast Guard, and local officials from McCracken County and Massac County.
The accident is under investigation by federal safety officials.
Hunter Sand and Gravel released a statement calling it a tragic accident. They say prayers are with Burnham and his young family.
UPDATED 12:00 p.m. TUESDAY, DECEMBER 10, 2013
WSIL -- Crew continue to search the Ohio River for a man who went missing early Tuesday morning.
Chief Harry Herman with the Coast Guard in Louisville tells News 3 that crews are searching between Joppa and Olmsted. According to Herman, the man was walking from a dredging barge when he slipped and fell into the river.
The equipment is owned by Hunter Sand and Gravel.
The man's name is not being released at this time.
STATEMENT FROM HUNTER SAND & GRAVEL:
Early this morning, a tragic incident occurred aboard a dredge belonging to Hunter Sand & Gravel near Joppa, Illinois when one of our valued crewmembers fell overboard. Efforts were quickly undertaken to attempt to recover our co-worker from the water. Those immediate efforts proved unsuccessful. With the assistance of several local agencies from Massac County, Illinois and McCracken County, Kentucky, recovery operations are continuing this afternoon.
At this time, Hunter Sand & Gravel is working closely with the United States Coast Guard and Mine Safety Health Administration to try to determine what may have caused this accident.
Our prayers are with our fellow co-worker and his young family as the ordeal continues.
WSIL -- Search crews are trying to locate a man that fell into the Ohio River early Tuesday morning.
McCracken County, Kentucky Emergency Management Director Doug Harnice says a man fell off of a barge in the Ohio River near Joppa around 3:00 a.m. Tuesday.
Rescue crews began searching around 3:30 a.m. Tuesday. At 7:00 a.m., five crews were on the river searching between Olmsted and Paducah, Kentucky.
Harnice says the man was on a barge that was dredging the river. It's unlcear how he fell off. The name of the person has not been released.
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