Search continues for man sucked into Newburgh Lock and Dam


One man remains missing after a boat was sucked into the Newburgh Lock and Dam Sunday afternoon.

Crews were able to rescue one of the passengers of the boat Sunday evening, but the other remains missing.

Henderson County, Warrick County, and Indiana Conservation Crews searched for hours Sunday afternoon, until postponing the search around dusk, as river conditions worsened.

Indiana Conservation Officers say it happened around 2:30 Sunday afternoon, when two Owensboro men were fishing near the Newburgh Lock and Dam. 

Officers say that is when a current pulled their boat into the dam, after their motor failed to start. 

Crews say one of the men was able to pull on a life jacket and climb up onto the ledge of the dam. 

Newburgh Police and Fire Departments were able to pull him to safety by lowering a rope. 

Rescue crews searched for the other man for hours, before postponing the search until morning, due to rough river conditions. 

“We can’t perform an effective search or rescue in these kind of conditions, and we’re definitely not going to put divers in the water with the swift water conditions the way they are right now, for the safety of our divers,” said Indiana Conservation Officer, Matt Clark. 

Clark says sonars have picked up a boat near the dam under 86 feet of water. He is unsure whether or not this is the boat the men were fishing in at this time. 

Clark says crews will begin searching for the missing man around 7 am Monday morning. 

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