CAVE-IN-ROCK – The body of a man believed to have driven his ATV into the Ohio River at the Cave-in-Rock Ferry Saturday night was found a couple of hours later not far from the ferry’s landing.
Hardin County authorities said the man’s name will not be released until family members are notified.
According to the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, the ferry was loading on the Kentucky side when the crew saw the ATV traveling at a high rate of speed down the ramp at the end of Illinois Route 1 and into the river.
It was believed that two people were on the ATV when it went into the river, but only one person was on the vehicle according to authorities. They said the vehicle was recovered before the body.
The ferry, which connects KY 91 with Illinois Route 1 between Crittenden County, KY and Hardin County, IL, shut down at 9 p.m. so the search could begin. The ferry resumed service at 6 a.m. Sunday.
Several emergency agencies from around southern Illinois and from Crittenden County, KY assisted in the search.