Indiana Conservation Officers continue to investigate a boating accident that occurred in Jackson County on Sunday evening. Jerry Cash, 59, of Seymour, was rescued from swift, flooded waters after capsizing his canoe in the White River.
At 7:42 p.m., the Jackson Co. Sheriff’s Department was contacted about a man yelling for help near County Road 300N and the Shieldstown Covered Bridge. Deputies J.L. McElfresh and Brad Barker responded and located Cash entangled in the top of a downed tree in the river. The victim was hanging on to a tree limb in 6 to 8 feet of water.
The Brownstown Volunteer Fire Department and Deputy Barker attempted to reach Cash with a throw bag rope, but he was too far out. Deputy Mitch Ray arrived with the Sheriff’s Department boat and Indiana Conservation Officer Cpl. Nathan Berry arrived with an airboat.
Officers launched the Sheriff’s boat into White River and were able to reach Cash and pull him into the boat by 8:15 p.m. He was transported by Jackson County EMS to Schneck Medical Center for evaluation.
The initial investigation revealed that Cash had tried to retrieve a canoe from along the river’s edge on property that he owned. While attempting to paddle down the east edge of the river, he capsized and became stranded in the river. Cash was not wearing a personal floatation device at the time of the incident.