BALLARD COUNTY, KY – Several authorities are at the scene after a boat overturned in the Mississippi River in the Wickliffe, Kentucky area. Crews are searching for a man who disappeared when the boat capsized, the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife says.
Travis Holder, Ballard County’s director of emergency management, confirmed that several agencies responded after the boat overturned. Sergeant Daniel Richardson of the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife says the food delivery boat called the Economy Boat Store capsized in the Mississippi River off River Circle Drive in Wickliffe. He says the call about the capsized ship came in around 3:30 p.m
McCracken County director of emergency management Rob Estes said responders are helping with his office and the McCracken County Rescue Squad on the scene. According to Richardson, three units from the Department of Fish and Wildlife are helping to locate the missing boater, as is the Ballard County Sheriff’s Office. He says mutual help was also called from Carlisle County.
Richardson says the river is very high at this time, with a current of 7 knots, “which is a pretty fast current.”
Richardson says the boat is like a 24-hour grocery store for barges on the river. The Economy Boat Store is owned by PTL Navy.