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July 5, 2012

Conservation officers respond to near drowning in river

POSEY COUNTY —   Indiana Conservation Officers and other emergency personnel were dispatched to a sand bar on the Wabash River for a person that had been pulled from the water and CPR was being performed on the subject.

     Around 15:40, Posey Dispatch received a call from Law Enforcement from Illinois of a possible drowning on a sandbar on the Wabash River. Indiana Conservation Officer, Cpl. Paul Axton was contacted and the information on the location was relayed to him. The description of the accident site indicated the incident took place in Gibson County.

       Responders were directed to the scene off of CR 650 S by one of the witnesses of the incident.

      Witness description of the incident indicated that Billy R. Sherrett, 51, from Owensville was wading in the Wabash River and at some point appeared to be swimming. Witnesses stated they kept an eye on Sherrett and at one point Sherrett appeared to be in distress. Two of the witnesses waded out to Sherrett and brought him into shore.  Persons on scene began life saving techniques until trained personnel arrived.

     EMS personnel from Posey County arrived on scene, and took over patient care. Sherrett was transported to Deaconess Hospital where his condition has not been released.

     Units responding to the scene include Indiana Conservation Officers, Indiana State Police, Gibson County Sheriff, Gibson County EMS, Posey EMS, and Griffin Fire.

   Records indicate that in Indiana in 2011 there were 46 drowning accidents reported to the DNR. As of June 29, there had been at total of 26 accidental drowning reported to the DNR.

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