2 confirmed dead, 3 still missing in Ohio River search

2 confirmed dead, 3 still missing in Ohio River search
(Source: Steven Richard/WAVE 3 News)
(Source: Steven Richard/WAVE 3 News)

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Officials say at least two people are dead after a boat on the Ohio River capsized and was found near bridge construction in downtown Louisville.

Chief Greg Frederick of the Louisville Fire Department said nine people went into the water. Six people have been pulled from the water as of Saturday night, Frederick said, and two of those people have died. Three other people are still missing.

Four people are currently being treated at area hospitals, the chief said. Three juveniles were taken to Kosair Children's Hospital and are reportedly in stable condition. Another person was taken to University of Louisville Hospital. That person's condition is unknown.

The incident was reported around 9:30 p.m. on July 4. At the time, crowds had gathered up and down the waterfront to watch the Independence Day fireworks.

One body was retrieved on the Indiana side of the river, Frederick said. At least one of the people still missing is a juvenile, he added.

Frederick stressed that the current is very swift, and divers cannot go into the water. Crews are searching the surface of the water with boats and helicopters.

The pontoon boat was found capsized against a work barge near bridge construction downtown. The approximately 20-foot boat was towed back to shore and taken to the 4th Street wharf. Signage on the vessel indicates that it was a rental.

Rescue crews are continuing to search for the three missing people. Frederick said debris from the boat had been found near the New Albany boat ramp, and crews will search that area.

The Louisville Fire Department was assisted by the Louisville Metro Police Department, the Harrods Creek Fire Department, the Jeffersonville Fire Department, the Clarksville Fire Department and the New Albany Fire Department.

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