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Search Underway For Drowning Victim

Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area

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Rangers received a call from the McCreary County Sheriff’s Office late on the afternoon of April 13th reporting an apparent drowning in the river just south of Alum Ford. Rangers responded and began working with Kentucky Fish and Game officers who were already on scene.  Three local residents – Joshua Breeding, Chad Harbough, and Tim Godfrey – had put in a canoe at Yamacraw Bridge and were fishing their way to Alum Ford. They fished until about 3 p.m., at which time they encountered some strong rapids. The men attempted to paddle through, but capsized. Two of the fishermen were able to swim to shore, but Godfrey was not able to make it. One of the fishermen reported that he tried to assist Godfrey, but was unable to bring him to shore.  An undertow pulled both men underwater and that was the last they saw of Godfrey.   They walked to Alum Ford and called 911 at approximately 5 p.m. A search was conducted by boat and along both banks of the river.  A local SAR dog team was in the park training and was called to assist with the search. Efforts were still underway yesterday. Ranger Barry Melloan is IC.


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