Crews Search Blue River Saturday For Man

(EDINBURGH) – Lower water levels and a break from the record low temperatures Saturday allowed emergency personnel to search the Big Blue River for a potential drowning victim.


First Responders from Indiana Conservation Officers, Johnson County Dive Team, Shelby County Water Rescue Team, and Franklin Fire Department conducted a complete search of the river from the dam to approximately 200 yards downstream. There was over twenty personnel in the water, using poles and their hands and feet to search the bottom of the river.
Although agencies will always be on the lookout, unless there is significant information about the identity of the potential victim, there are no further plans to have a coordinated search of the river.
Emergency responders have searched the area downstream of the low head dam in Big Blue River in Edinburgh looking for a possible man who they believed fell into the water.
At approximately 5 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 24, a 911 caller reported they saw what they believed to be a male person on top of the dam. He was described as a white male, blond hair, thin build and wearing a red shirt and blue jeans. The witness said the man entered the water and was swept downstream.
At this time the possible victim remains unidentified and no one has been reported missing from the Edinburgh area this evening. If anyone from the public knows of a person who has not returned home and fits the description of the victim, please contact Johnson County Sheriff Department at 317-736-5155.

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