Body found in Ohio River near BB Riverboats dock in Newport

Search for BB Riverboat worker continues

CINCINNATI (FOX19) - Search and rescue teams found a body in the Ohio River near BB Riverboats Newport Landing dock Thursday morning, BB Riverboats said in a statement.

“The body was recovered and transferred to the Coroner for further investigation.,” the news release states.

“No details have been confirmed as to the identity and all aspects of the investigation have been turned over to the proper authorities. The victim’s family and the entire BB Riverboats crew and their families ask for privacy during these very difficult times. We also ask for your thoughts and prayers while grieving this loss. We will continue to update you as more information is presented to us.”

The Coast Guard and Boone County Water Rescue resumed recovery efforts in the river Thursday morning for a BB Riverboats employee that fell into the water Tuesday morning.

Video shows the employee moving around the barge and a boat around 10:30 a.m., Tuesday BB Riverboats employee Ben Bernstein said.

Deputy Director of the Campbell County Emergency Management Office Greg Buckler says a lot of factors go into a search like this one.

“It’s a slow process. Once you find it on sonar, you get the divers in. First, you’ve got to find an object on sonar. You always have the current playing into it, to see if someone went further than where they went in,” he said.

BB Riverboats released the following statement:

“On or around 11:55 it was reported to management that an employee of ours appeared to be missing. After our management was notified, a company-wide search was conducted. Authorities were notified and as of now, a search is currently being performed by local water rescue. The Bernstein family extends our thoughts and prayers to the family as well as to our crew. As more information is passed along to us, we will update you further.”

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