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Body of missing boater found in Pope County

Emergency crews searched for the man who fell in the Ohio River Tuesday afternoon between Carrsville and Golconda. Emergency crews searched for the man who fell in the Ohio River Tuesday afternoon between Carrsville and Golconda.
Officials from Marshall, McCracken, Livingston and Pope counties searched. Officials from Marshall, McCracken, Livingston and Pope counties searched.
POPE COUNTY, IL (KFVS) -

The body of a missing boater has been found on the Ohio River.

Livingston County Emergency Management Director David Koon says around 7 a.m. Thursday a passing boat spotted the man in the water near the Golconda flood wall on the Illinois side of an island almost in the main channel of the Ohio River.

The boater called police and search crews responded to the area and located the body around 7:30 a.m. near where he first went underwater and did not resurface Tuesday.

Coroners from Livingston County, Kentucky and Pope County, Illinois are meeting with the man's family this morning in Golconda.

According to Sheriff Jerry Suits, the 42-year-old man from Golconda was in a boat with his family swimming at the time he fell out of the boat.

Koon says the area where the man went under is "unforgiving" and with eddies and dangerous current that no one should attempt to swim.

Officials from Marshall, McCracken, Livingston and Pope counties helped with the search.  The Coast Guard and Illinois Department of Natural Resources were also helping look for the man.

Members of the IDNR brought in a special boat that uses sonar to search the water.  We're told that boat allows searchers to continue looking even after it gets dark.

Sheriff Suits says extra boats helped because river searches are difficult and dangerous.

"I don't think anyone can define what that current is out there," Sheriff Suits said. " I was out there this afternoon that water was rough. It's a dangerous job out searching. But we've got professionals out there right now. And we're hoping we can find this man."

Right now, it is not clear exactly why the man fell into the water.

The victim's niece says there will be a public community celebration in a week or so for all of his friends and all of the people that helped with the search and rescue.

A private family service will be held the weekend of July 27.

Donations can be made payable to Tatiana Cass in benefit of Casey Chavez memorial fund or Tatiana Cass for Casey Chavez Memorial Fund

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