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Body Pulled From Ohio River Identified as Missing Owensboro Fisherman

The body of a fisherman who went missing in the Ohio River over the weekend was recovered on Monday.

Posted: Jun 28, 2021 10:56 AM
Updated: Jun 28, 2021 7:19 PM

The body of a missing Owensboro man was pulled from the Ohio River on Monday.

The Henderson County Coroner's Office was dispatched to the Angel Mounds Boat Ramp on Monday morning after a body was taken ashore there after being pulled from the Ohio River.

The coroner's office told 44News the body had been identified as 24-year-old Kue Gay of Owensboro, who went missing in the Ohio River early Saturday morning.

He originally lost control of his cast net, falling into the river. And while his friend tried to help rescue him, the current was too powerful for Gay.

"As soon as he heard him screaming for help he called 9-1-1," said Henderson Rescue Squad Chief Brian Coghill. "There was another fisherman nearby that tried to assist them. He was able to get the friend out of the water, but they were unable to find the other individual to get him out."

It would not be until Monday morning when Gay was finally found.

Emergency teams spent several days canvasing the Ohio River, going as far as four miles downstream, where he was discovered by the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources.

"Fish and Wildlife spotted the individual in the water," Chief Coghill said. "They called us and we went down to help them recover."

Gay worked at Specialty Foods Group in Owensboro. His co-workers were devastated when they finally heard their worst fears coming true.

"As soon as I found out, I mean I broke down and cried," said co-worker Felisha Thompson. "He was a very good guy at our plant. So, like my [emotions] are going crazy today."

As for the first responders who spent days searching for the fisherman? They are glad to have brought peace to Gay's family. 

"The feeling the guys and girls are feeling right now is that we brought closure to the family," Chief Coghill said. "That's what we're out there for."

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