Second body pulled from Ohio River


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MASSAC COUNTY, Ill. — The McCracken County coroner has released the names of the two drowning victims.

They are Vince Snell, 50, and Brian Burkhead, 26, both of Grand Chain.


MASSAC COUNTY, Ill. - A second body was pulled from the Ohio River near Joppa around 8:30 this morning.

Officials say that the victims were a local Joppa farmer in his 40s and his nephew. Witnesses say that the nephew went underwater and the uncle went into the river in an attempt to save him.

Emergency Management Director Larry Douglas is praising the efforts of search and rescue crews who arrived from two states and worked through the night.

Earlier Story:

MASSAC COUNTY, Ill. - The body of one person has been pulled from the Ohio River, near Joppa, this morning, after two people were reported missing after going swimming last night.

Multiple agencies have been on the scene since about 9:00 p.m. looking for an uncle and his nephew.

Massac County Emergency Management Director Larry Douglas says the body of the nephew was found around 2:00 a.m., Tuesday.  The search for the uncle is still on-going at this time.

The two men were last seen swimming about 75 feet away from the bank of the river, before going missing.

Dive teams from Massac County and Franklin County are using sonar equipment to help with the search.  The names of the two men have not yet been released.
We will continue to provide updates on this story as they become available this morning on Local 6 Today.

Earlier Story:

MASSAC COUNTY, Ill. — The Massac County Emergency Management director says two people are missing in the Ohio River near Joppa, Illinois.

Their identities have not yet been released but they are reportedly an uncle and nephew who were swimming in the river.

Emergency management from McCracken and Massac counties and the Joppa Fire Department are all responding.

We'll bring you more as it becomes available.