Visitor Drowns Near Blue Heron Area of Park

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Date: June 13, 2016
Contact: Christopher Derman
Contact: Randy Scoggins

An 11-year-old male swimming in the Worley area of the park, near Blue Heron, was reported missing Monday, June 6, 2016, at 5:00 pm (ET). Kaden Allen, from Parker's Lake Community, in McCreary County was with two adult family members when the incident occurred. The victim’s relatives reported the incident to park rangers Monday evening. It was reported that he was not a strong swimmer.

With the assistance from several nearby partner agencies, the victim's body was recovered Tuesday morning, at approximately 11:00 am. 

“We extend our sympathy to the family,” said Superintendent Niki Nicholas. “This tragic event must remind all of us that rivers can be deadly, even if the water looks calm. It is essential to always wear a personal floatation device and know your abilities and water conditions before entering the water.”

Over the last five years, drowning has been the Number 1 cause of death at Big South Fork, with approximately one water-related fatality per year. 

For information on river safety, please click here. 

Last updated: September 15, 2016

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