Search underway for three people in White River after boat capsizes

Last night crews searched for several hours in the White River (Morgan County) for three people in the water after the john boat they were operating capsized.

The 911 call was received by Morgan County Sheriff’s Department at approximately 9:30 p.m. Monday night.  The search was suspended at approximately 2 a.m. this morning for safety of the searchers and will resume at 8 a.m. today.  

Seven people were in the boat just downstream of the IPL dam on White River near Martinsville.  For reasons unknown at this time, the boat capsized, throwing all the occupants into the river.  Some of the people on shore jumped in the river to assist those who had fallen out of the boat.  Some of these victims were able to make it to shore and others were pulled to shore by emergency responders. Two of the occupants were pulled from the river and transported to local hospitals.  Both of those victims, ages 73 and 6, were later pronounced deceased.

Rescue agencies will continue to search the river for three individuals who are still missing; Antonio Sanchez-Maldonado (32), Niseforo Sanchez (63), and Rigoberto Conchas (40).

Indiana Conservation Officers are being assisted by Morgan County Sheriff Department, Martinsville Fire Department, Morgan County EMA, Green Township Fire, Brown Township Fire, Gregg Township Fire, Brooklyn Fire, Paragon Fire, Harrison Township Fire and the Morgan County Coroner’s Office.

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