Crews have yet to find missing man who fell into Ohio River off dredge


Web Editor - Amanda Roberts

UPDATE (4:30 p.m.): The missing man has been identified as 27 year-old Dustin Allen Burnham of Metropolis, Illinois.

UPDATE (3:29 p.m.): Hunter Sand and Gravel released a statement today regarding one of their crewmembers that fell overboard.

They stated they are working closely with the United States Coast Guard and Mine Safety Health Administration to try and determine what have caused the accident. Recovery operations are continuing at this time.

They also stated their  prayers are with our fellow co-worker and his young family as the ordeal continues.

UPDATE (12:00 p.m.): Crews have not been successful in finding the missing person, and the name of the missing person has yet to be released.

Previously assumed to be a barge, the missing man was working on Hunter Sand and Gravel Dredge, or a device that takes materials out of water.

Officials are preparing a statement scheduled to be released later tonight.

Joppa Fire, Metropolis Fire, Massac County Emergency Management, Paducah McCracken City Management, and the Illinois Department of Natural Resources are all on site.

Original Story:

 KEVIL, Ky - A man has fallen into the Ohio River from a stationary Barge, and crews have been searching since 3 a.m.

Massac County Emergency Manager, Joe Miller, said crews are currently searching for the man.

The stationary barge first made the call for help around 3 a.m. this morning near mile marker 952.

Massac County, Joppa, and McCracken County emergency crews all have boats in the water at Joppa Landing.

We will reveal more details as they become available.