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Body of missing man recovered after Ohio River boat crash

July 3, 2019

NEW ALBANY, Ind. (AP) — An Indiana conservation officer says the body of a Louisville, Kentucky, man has been recovered after his newly purchased boat crashed, throwing him and a passenger into the Ohio River.

Officer Jim Schreck says the body of 26-year-old Donald Watson was located Wednesday afternoon near New Albany.

He says Watson was operating the boat Monday evening near Clarksville when its motor apparently malfunctioned and he and 28-year-old Levell Washington of Jeffersonville were thrown overboard and swept through the McAlpine Locks and Dam.

Firefighters rescued Washington after he called for help on his cellphone.

The Floyd County Coroner’s Office has ruled accidental drowning as the preliminary cause of Watson’s death.

Schreck says preliminary findings indicate Watson had purchased the 18-foot fiberglass boat earlier this week.

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