Kentucky Conservation officers search for missing boater

Boat capsized at confluence of Ohio and Mississippi rivers
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Published: Mar. 4, 2022 at 11:37 AM CST
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WICKLIFFE, Ky. (WBKO) - Conservation Officers with the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources responded to a report of a capsized boat at the confluence of the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers on Thursday, March 3, 2022, at 3:40 p.m. The operator of the boat was missing after the boat capsized.

Conservation Officers assisted the Ballard County Sheriff’s Office, Ballard County Rescue, Carlisle County Rescue, and McCracken County Rescue squads on the scene in recovering the boat and attempting to locate the boat operator.

According to witnesses, a boat owned by Economy Boat Store was several miles upstream from the Wickliffe boat ramp and had dropped a person off onto a barge.

While the boat was moored, the boat capsized with the operator on board.

The missing operator of the boat is Tyler Morgan, age 23, of LaCenter, Kentucky.

Early reports indicate he was wearing a personal flotation device but it was not zipped or buckled at the time.

The boat was recovered with assistance from a crane on a nearby barge. No one else was reported to be on the boat at the time.

The river is currently above flood stage, making the search more difficult.

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