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Officials find body believed to be one of the missing boaters in Saturday's river accident

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The place along the Ohio River where crews found another body Monday night. The place along the Ohio River where crews found another body Monday night.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Law enforcement sources say a body believed to be one of the missing boaters has been found near the Falls of the Ohio State Park Interpretive Center in Clarksville.

As crews worked to recover the body, investigators said they were unable to make a positive identification on the body. 

Search resumes Monday, after being interrupted for Whiskey Row fire

After spending more than a day searching for three remaining boaters from Saturday's accident, crews were routed away from the river to assist in Monday evening's fire along Whiskey Row.

After a week of heavy rain, crews were once again fighting strong currents, and a new challenge: heat.

The Louisville Fire Department is turning over the operation to the Louisville Metro Police Department's River Patrol. What was once a search for survivors has evolved into a recovery mission.

In the shadow of the Sherman Minton Bridge, New Albany Fire Battalion Chief Chris Rainbolt used binoculars to scan debris floating by.

"Anything that’s on the surface is going to move quickly, so that’s why we’re kind of on the lower pool searching in case they did make it over the dam," Rainbolt said.

His crew spent several hours on the river using sonar and focusing on bends where water slows and debris builds up.

In the upper pool, multiple departments searched the area where the pontoon apparently hit a staging barge for the Downtown Crossing of the Ohio River Bridges Project Saturday night.

The boat, carrying nine people, overturned.

"Pretty much all the resources that we can muster to try to locate these other three victims," said Louisville Fire & Rescue chief Greg Frederick.

Family members have identified the three missing as Joyce Wright, Danal Swinney, and Swinney's young daughter.

Donald Swinney, 52, and 14-year-old Mark Swinney Jr. both drowned after the boat capsized. The teenager was an eighth grader at Barret Middle School.

Four others, including three children, were taken to the hospital.

"Our thoughts and prayers go out the families involved in this," said Frederick, "because we know it's a terrible time for them -- the suffering -- and then the unknown of where these three people may be."

The pontoon was rented from Derbyville Water Rentals. The business was dark today. Owner James Moody says he closed out of respect and because he is providing information to investigators.

He says there were nine adult life jackets on board and two youth life jackets.

"I know we get out on the river and we don't want to wear a cumbersome life jacket," Rainbolt said. "But had everyone has a life jacket on, they would have at least had a chance."

Investigators plan to be out again tomorrow, but rain in the forecast may hinder search efforts.

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