Barge worker missing after falling into Ohio River

The following is the text of a report from KVFS News:

(JOPPA, Ill.) — Crews are currently searching for a barge worker missing in the Ohio River.

According to McCracken County rescue officials, the call came in just before 4 a.m. Tuesday and the search continues near the Olmsted Locks and Dam.

The man fell off the barge sometime overnight while crossing between a dredger and towing vessel around the Ohio River mile 954 near Joppa, Ill.

Massac County, Ill., and McCracken County, Ky., and Coast Guard rescue crews are aiding in the search.

There is currently no shore command post.

It is unknown if the worker was wearing a work vest or life preserver when he fell in.

By Professional Mariner Staff