LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Officials say they have recovered the body of a man who drowned in a boating accident at Taylorsville Lake on June 13.

Sgt. Scott Herndon with the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife, says the body of 48-year-old Zoran Jefetic was found early Tuesday. 

Officials say it was an exhaustive search, with scuba teams and K9s searching the lake. Finally an off-duty officer found Jefetic's body around 7:30 a.m. about 200 yards from the marina. 

Authorities say Jefetic fell from the back platform of the boat while trying to plug the boat's drainage hole. 

“Most people, when they pull their boat out of the water, they will take the plug out," Herndon said in an interview with WDRB. "And when they return to boating again sometimes they inadvertently forget to put the plug in."

Jefetic was not wearing a life jacket.

It was an exhaustive search, made difficult by murky water. 

"Unfortunately when the divers go down, they can't see anything, especially at the 50-foot level," Herndon said. "They can be within three to four inches of the guy and still not know it. There's a whole lot of luck involved in finding someone in this lake. This lake is notorious for holding victims eight to nine days."

Herndon says crews have never recovered a body wearing a life jacket -- Jefetic included. Because of that, officials want to remind boaters this summer to always wear one.

While an official cause of death has not yet been determined by the coroner, officials say Jefetic could have died from carbon monoxide from the boat as he was trying to plug the hole near the motor. 


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