Anderson Ferry man dies after falling overboard Tuesday
Deckhand on Anderson Ferry in water 30 minutes before rescue.
A long-time deckhand on the Anderson Ferry died Tuesday after he went overboard into the Ohio River without a life jacket.
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Multiple rescue units were sent to Ander Ferry on the Cincinnati side to locate a worker who fell into the river from the ferry boat.
CINCINNATI – A long-time deckhand on the Anderson Ferry died Tuesday after he went overboard into the Ohio River without a life jacket.
Virgil Souder, 82, of Hebron, was pulled out of the water in critical condition Tuesday afternoon. The official Facebook page for Anderson Ferry announced Souder's death shortly after 8 p.m.
"Sometimes (the ferry) gets icy," said Devon Rose, an Anderson Ferry employee, describing the dangers of working on the river. "Life vests we have complicate things."
Swift Water Rescue, Boone County Water Rescue and other emergency responders pulled Souder from the icy waters shortly after 2 p.m.
It took crews about 30 minutes to find him after he was carried down river by currents.
"You'll get hypothermia pretty quick," said Creston Stickles, a former water rescue employee.
Anderson Ferry wrote on its Facebook page Tuesday evening, "...we wish his loved ones our deep sympathy."