UPDATE: Fire Chief says search and rescue transitioning to search and recovery after pontoon boat capsizes
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Louisville Fire Chief Greg Frederick said the search and rescue mission for two adults and one child is transitioning into a search and recovery after a pontoon with nine people on board capsized Saturday night.
During a press conference Sunday afternoon, Chief Frederick said one adult male, one adult female and a female child are still missing.
Family members have identified them as Joyce Wright, Danal Swinney, and his young daughter.
"She was like, Joyce was on the boat.' And I just lost it," Wright's friend, Dalmesha Jones said about hearing the news.
Two boaters, Donald Swinney, 52, and Mark Swinney Jr., 14, both drowned after the boat capsized. The Jefferson County Deputy Coroner says he is not sure how the two are related.
Since the initial search began Saturday night the chief said conditions have been working against them. A strong current and debris in the river is making it too dangerous for rescue divers to even get in the water.
Walsh Construction and the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet are working with authorities after they say the pontoon apparently hit a staging barge for the Downtown Crossing portion of the Ohio River Bridges Project Saturday night before the fireworks show.
Emergency crews resumed the search Sunday morning for the three who went missing.
Initial reports from Chief Frederick, said the boat, which had nine people on board, flipped after hitting the 2nd Street Bridge. The boat was later found near the construction site.
Six people were found with the boat including the two who were deceased. Four others, including three children, were taken to the hospital.
Chief Frederick says crews are searching in the upper and lower pool of the river. Officials say seat cushions and other debris were located near the New Albany boat ramp on Saturday.
"I want them to find my friend. It is very important to all of us, the family, all the supporters, everybody that's here. We want closure for this," Jones said.
Police say they will begin searching again Monday morning at 10:00 a.m.
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