Update posted at 11:45 a.m.:
(Liberty, Ind.) - Alcohol and cold water may have been a factor in a drowning in Brookville Lake on Sunday.
On a warm, sunny day, Cincinnati resident Roger Shands, Jr. was boating with about a dozen friends in the Quakertown area of the lake in Union County.
Indiana Conservation Officers say Shands was dancing on the rear deck of the drifting watercraft when he fell into the still frigid water.
The incident nearly became a double drowning when a passenger of the boat went into the water to save Shands. A PFD was thrown to that person, saving them.
Other passengers who went into the water had also been overcome by the cold water.
The driver and owner of the boat, Shea S. Barth, 32, was arrested for Boating While Intoxicated.
An autopsy for Shands’ body is scheduled for Tuesday. Toxicology results on the victim are pending.
The investigation is ongoing.
Original story posted at 6:17 a.m.:
(Liberty, Ind.) – One of the first days of the summer boating season at Brookville Lake Reservoir turned tragic Sunday.
Indiana Conservation Officers say Roger Shands, Jr., of Cincinnati, was boating with about a dozen friends in Union County when he fell off the boat and into the water around 5:30 p.m.
Shands struggled to stay afloat in the 20 to 25 feet deep water. His friends were unable to pull him back into the boat.
Divers were unsuccessful in their attempts to locate the victim through the evening. Eventually, recovery crews located Shands’ body using side-scan sonar and pulled him from the water.
Alcohol does appear to be a factor in the deadly accident. The owner of the boat was cited for boating while intoxicated.
The watercraft did have the required PFDs onboard. Conservation officers did not say they were in use.
Conservation officers continue to investigate the apparent drowning.