Yesterday afternoon, around 4:48 p.m. CST, a Mulzer Crushed Stone, Inc. River Crew unloading Magnetite from the Weinbach Plant south of Green River Road and I-164, spotted a fishing boat running in circles with no one aboard. Upon further inspection, the crew spotted a man in the Ohio River nearby with a floatation device floating up river with the current away from the location of the running fishing boat. The Mulzer employees were unable to reach Randy Merta, 45, of Chandler, Ind. on their own. Mulzer Crushed Stone, Inc. employee, Jim Rhodes, immediately called 911 and directed rescue services to the location of the Merta. Rhodes also contacted Ohio Valley Marine Service to help rescuers pull the Merta from the river as quickly as possible using one of their available tugboats.
According to the Courier & Press, the temperature of the river was recorded at 32 degrees Wednesday at J.P. Myers Lock and Dam at Mount Vernon, Ind. Merta was reportedly in the water for approximately 25 minutes. Thanks to the keen eye and quick response of the Mulzer Crushed Stone, Inc. crew, Merta was spotted and rescued before anything tragic occurred.
For the complete story, check out the Courier & Press article at http://www.courierpress.com/news/2010/jan/06/warrick-deputy-rescued-ohio-river/.