Indianapolis man dies in boating accident on Ohio River


Indianapolis man dies in boat accident/ picture courtesy WDRB

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CLARK COUNTY, Ind. ( March 25, 2016)– Indiana Conservation Officers are investigating a boating death involving an Indianapolis man which occurred shortly before 3:00 a.m. Friday.  Anthony Beck, 48,  was pronounced dead at the George Rogers Clark Boat Ramp by the Clark County Coroner’s Office after his boat capsized while fishing.

Beck was fishing in a small boat with Juan Duncan of Indianapolis, while another friend, Willie Wilson, also of Indianapolis, was fishing in a separate boat just downstream from the Falls of Ohio State Park. A preliminary investigation indicated that as either Beck or Duncan stood up the boat capsized sending both into the water.

Ohio River drowning
Ohio River drowning

Duncan was uninjured and was able to swim to the river banks where Wilson retrieved him up with his boat. They soon began looking for Beck,and found him floating face down and unresponsive in the water. They pulled him out of the river and got back to the dock where they called 911.

The victim’s boat has yet to be recovered, as a search party will resume looking for it later today. Police have indicated that no foul play is suspected in this incident.

The incident remains under investigation by Indiana Conservation Officers and the Clarksville Police Department.

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