Indiana Conservation Officers recover body of New Albany man in drowning incident

Indiana Conservation Officers recover body of New Albany man in drowning incident
Indiana Department of Natural Resources Conservation Officers' boat. (Source: IDNR)

HARRISON CO., IN (WAVE) - Indiana Conservation Officers have recovered the body of a possible drowning victim, the Indiana Department of Natural Resources said on Sunday.

The victim, Albert "Neal" Barger, 48, of New Albany, was found Sunday morning at 10:52 a.m. in Blue River in Harrison County.

The drowning incident happened around 5:45 p.m. near Milltown, the IDNR said. Barger had little swimming experience and was not wearing a life jacket when the incident occurred.

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At 5:50 p.m. on Saturday, a 911 call said the victim went missing after he and another member of the paddling group capsized their canoe. Indiana Conservation Officers and other responders arrived on scene and began a recovery effort around 6:00 p.m.

Dive efforts and searches were unsuccessful and were suspended at approximately 11:00 p.m. on Saturday.

Officers resumed the search at 7:00 a.m. on Sunday morning and were able to pinpoint the victim's location using two types of side scan sonar devices. ICO Public Safety Divers made the recovery, the DNR said.

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