HENDERSON CO., Ky (WEHT) Henderson County Deputy Coroner Ron Adams has confirmed the body of Kue Gay, 24, of Owensboro was pulled from the Ohio River near the mouth of the Green River Monday morning.
Kue went missing while fishing near the Newburgh Lock and Dam early Saturday morning. A witness said he lost control of the net and went into the river to get it. That witness was unable to save Gay.
Fish and wildlife officials say Kue’s body was found 9:20 a.m. Monday about 4 miles from where the incident happened on Saturday. Crews spent parts of Saturday and Sunday searching for Gay but were unsuccessful.
While Newburgh sits in Indiana, water recoveries around the lock and dam are actually the jurisdiction of Kentucky agencies like the Henderson City-County Rescue Squad. Henderson City-County Rescue Squad Chief Bryan Coghill says the focus of the search shifted from a rescue to a recovery late Saturday morning.
Henderson Fire Department Chief Scott Foreman says the lock and dam present unique challenges for rescue divers, noting the hydraulics around the dam cause currents that are “more than a diver could imagine.”
Coghill says incidents like the one that took Gay’s life are on the rise. Coghill and Foreman say the dam is an attraction to some, including boaters and fishermen. Coghill notes that Kentucky Fish and Wildlife officials had to escort fishermen away from the lock and dam as the rescue efforts continued over the weekend.
Foreman says that while the dam is “neat,” doing anything that could leave you in the water near the dam is dangerous and should be avoided. Henderson County Coroner Bruce Farmer says an autopsy is expected to finish Tuesday.