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September 13, 2006

Jeffersonville man believed drowned at lake in Kentucky

Body still not recovered from 130-foot-deep waters

A third day of searching ended unsuccessfully for a rescue team looking for the body of a Jeffersonville man assumed to have drowned at Lake Cumberland in Kentucky.

Capt. Tim Catron with Kentucky Fish and Wildlife Resources said they believe 37-year-old Roger Shane Pierce of the 1100 block of Birchwood Drive, was ejected from his boat Friday evening into the widest portion of Lake Cumberland, located in south central Kentucky.

Witnesses said Pierce encountered some rough water which sent his 23-foot Baja boat spinning and him into the water between Beaver and Otter Creeks. Catron said police were unsure how fast he was traveling at the time of the incident, but they do know he was alone in the boat and not wearing a lifejacket. He was reportedly at Lake Cumberland attending an annual poker run.

Catron said the search for Pierce didn’t commence until Sunday as police they believed Saturday’s scheduled poker run and a high volume of boats would pose a threat to rescue workers.

Catron said workers are using drag techniques to locate the body, but the 130-foot-deep waters make it difficult since police don’t know exactly where Pierce may have gone down.

He also said divers are nearly useless to the rescue effort as the cold temperatures at that depth make it impossible for them to stay down longer than about 15 minutes.

Catron said no guidelines exist as to how long rescue workers will look for the body. Typically they will stay with it for about two weeks.

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