Crews are searching for 24-year-old Kue Gay from Owensboro who went missing in the Ohio River early Saturday morning.
Rescue crews tell us they responded to the Newburgh Lock and Dam around 1:30 a.m. Saturday morning.
Captain Chris Watson with the Henderson Fire Department told 44News someone had called 911 saying there were people in the water.
Kentucky Fish and Wildlife tells us Gay and a friend were at the Newburgh Dam, walking near the water.
They say Gay climbed down near the water to retrieve his fishing line when he began having difficult and yelled for help.
His friend jumped in the water to help but was unsuccessful.
The call came in through Henderson County Dispatch and alerted multiple units.
Crews from the Newburgh Fire Department were the first on scene. We’re told they arrived within 10 minutes of the initial call.
Other crews arrived to assist in the effort. Captain Watson thanked several agencies from Newburgh, Perry Township, Mars Township, Daviess County Fire Department, Henderson City/County Rescue, Henderson Police Department, EMA Department of Kentucky, Kentucky Fish and Wildlife, and the Indiana Department of Natural Resources.
Crews tell 44News that with the circumstances and the amount of time the man has been missing, this has turned into a recovery effort.
We’re told searches have been suspended for Saturday due to hazardous water conditions, but are expected to resume Sunday morning.
Other crews will return Sunday to continue their efforts.
Officials say they have been using special equipment in their search for the missing fisherman that allows them to scan the bottom of the river for potential targets.
Officials say they advise not to get too close to the dam because the water is rough and forceful.
We will continue to develop this story as we learn more.