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Rescue Crews Search Overnight for Missing Fisherman in Ohio River

Crews are searching for a fisherman who went missing in the Ohio River early Saturday morning.

Posted: Jun 26, 2021 11:26 AM
Updated: Jun 26, 2021 2:18 PM

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.

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Temperatures dipped back into the upper 30s and low 40s for many of us early this morning, marking our coldest start to a day in Evansville (where we fell to 41°) in more than a week. Fortunately, the chilly start to the day didn't mean that our afternoon would be a loss, it was anything but - in fact, after seeing temperature around 57° by our lunch hour, afternoon highs crept back into the mid to low 60s area-wide; we hit 63° in the River City - while that's still 2° shy of the norm for October 27th, we'll take a 3° increase over yesterday's high of 60°. The clear skies that allowed temperatures to climb as high as they did earlier on however, are on their way out as our next round of rainfall inches ever closer. The remainder of the evening ahead should remain dry, but isolated rainfall will return to the Tri-State as early as the overnight and predawn hours Thursday.
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