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May 13, 2014

Man drowns while camping at Glendale

GLENDALE — A camper at Glendale Fish and Wildlife Area died Friday as a result of a drowning when his boat sank.

Jacob L. Duncan, 25, Louisville, was recovered by Indiana Conservation Officers in Dogwood Lake close to where the boat sank late Friday night. Duncan’s cause of death was declared drowning by the Daviess County Coroner’s office.

According to a release from conservation officers, Frank N. Refalo, 51, Mount Washington, Kentucky, and Duncan were taking a boat ride in the lake. The men were co-workers, and, along with other friends, were planning on spending the week there.

For an unknown reason, the 14-foot aluminum boat they were riding on started sinking, leaving the two in the water. The depth of the water was 10-feet deep. Refalo held onto a cooler, but Duncan tried to stay afloat. The release said he was not a good swimmer. Refalo told officers he tried to stay in contact with Duncan.

At 9:35 p.m., a nearby camper heard the two and took his boat to rescue the two men. Refalo was rescued but Duncan was not found. The camper called the Daviess County Sheriff’s Department. Deputies, state police, Harrison Township Volunteer firefighters, Southwest Medical EMS, Conservation officers and the coroner’s office then arrived.

Divers from the Sheriff’s department were able to locate the boat and then marked it for later. They could not find Duncan, but Refalo was taken to Daviess Community Hospital where he was treated for hypothermia and released.

At 9 a.m. Saturday, Duncan’s body was found about 30-feet from the boat. An autopsy was performed Saturday. Alcohol is believed to be a contributing factor, but the coroner’s office is awaiting toxicology results.

The incident is still under investigation and the boat has been secured for inspection and function testing. Upon completion of the investigation, the case will be turned over to the Daviess County Prosecutor’s Office for review.

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