Crews find missing boater in Boone County

Mike Fugate
Mike Fugate

PETERSBURG, KY (FOX19) - Boone County dispatchers are confirming that crews have found the body of a missing boater.

Crews found the body of 48-year-old Mike Fugate late Tuesday night.

Police are reporting that the incident happened when Fugate and his brother-in-law went out on a fishing boat on the Ohio River. Around 2:30 p.m., the men were in the area of the Carroll Cropper Bridge on Interstate 275 when Fugate took off his watch, jumped into the river to go for a swim, and never resurfaced.

Using a side scan sonar, the Dearborn County Water Rescue and the Boone County Water Rescue located a possible target around 5:30 p.m. Utilizing a remote operated vehicle along with drop cameras, they were able to determine the target to be human. A diver was able to retrieve the body around 10:30 p.m. and family members positively identified Fugate after he was brought to shore.

Investigators believe Fugate may have had a medical issue, but they are still investigating what exactly happened.

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