Monday, August 11, 2003

Boater missing on Ohio River


4 rescued after vessel capsizes

By Erica Solvig and William A. Weathers
The Cincinnati Enquirer

AURORA, Ind. - An Indiana man was missing Sunday after a boat with five people aboard capsized in the Ohio River near Lesko Park.

Rescuers were able to pull four people - including a 10-year-old boy - from the water after the 4:25 p.m. accident.

All four were transported to Dearborn County Hospital for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries, authorities said, and the boy later was taken to Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center. Their identities and conditions were not released.

Authorities searched into the night for the fifth person - who also was not identified - using divers and special lights.

The boat apparently capsized after hitting a wake, said Bill Baumbauer, an Indiana Conservation District officer.

The 22-foot tunnel hull boat - named the Eliminator and registered in Ohio - was apparently traveling at high speed when it capsized, Baumbauer said.

"Some witnesses say it was moving at 70 miles an hour," he said.

The Ohio River was closed so rescuers could patrol from mile marker 496 to mile 499, which is roughly from Hogan Creek to Laughrey Creek. Divers from Indiana and Kentucky were taking part.

"We always hope, but it looks pretty slim," Baumbauer said of the chance of finding the missing boater alive.

Lesko Park is a milelong park along the river. Ashlee Clark, a 19-year-old Lawrenceburg resident and frequent Ohio River boater, was in the park when the boat capsized.

"They do a lot of showing off because of people sitting here and watching," she said in general of area boaters. "They like to speed, especially when there's a barge because there's a lot of waves."

The injured were described as a woman with cuts on her legs; a man with a broken leg; another man with minor injuries; and the boy, who had a broken leg, plus neck and back pain.

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E-mail esolvig@enquirer.com and bweathers@enquirer.com




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