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UPDATE: Rescue Crews Suspend Search For Missing Winchester Boater

Posted at 12:37 PM, Sep 08, 2018
and last updated 2018-09-08 15:37:54-04

CYNTHIANA, Ky. (LEX 18) — Rescue crews have been forced to suspend their search for a Winchester man who went missing on the water after a fishing tournament in Cynthiana.

The Harrison County Search and Rescue chief says two men where in a boat in South Fork Licking River on Saturday morning participating in the tournament when their boat moved too close to the Terry Dam.

One of the men pulled up the boat’s trolling motor to check it. When the man put the motor back down, it snapped off and the man went into the water.

At that point one of the other man in the boat stood up, causing the craft to overturn.

The first man was rescued but the second man was still missing.

Officials said the missing man is a 77-year-old from Winchester.

Officials shut down Kentucky Highway 3016, known locally as River Road, between U.S. Highway 27 South and Kentucky Highway 36 for a period of time on Saturday.

In addition to Cynthiana Police, personnel from the Harrison County Sheriff’s Office, Cynthiana Fire, Brown EMS, Harrison County Search and Rescue, Harrison County Fire and Kentucky Fish and Wildlife were all helping in the search.

Just before 2:00p.m, Harrison County Search and Rescue told LEX 18 they postponed the search for the day. They say weather conditions and the rising of the river made it too dangerous for crews to continue searching.

They don’t know yet when they will resume their efforts depending on weather conditions.