Crews find last 2 of 4 bodies after boat capsizes on river

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Posted: Aug 24, 2015 10:39 AM

PADUCAH, Ky. (AP) — The last two bodies from a boat carrying six people that capsized on the Ohio River where it runs between Kentucky and Illinois have been found, authorities said Monday.

McCracken County, Kentucky, Sheriff's Sgt. David Shepherd told local news outlets that crews pulled the bodies of 40-year-old Tina Rodriguez and 2-year-old Xavier Lopez from the water Sunday near the Fort Massac boat ramp in southern Illinois.

The boat had set off Friday evening from Paducah, Kentucky, carrying four adults and two children. Two women — 33-year-old Amber McIntosh and 22-year-old Maria Rodriguez — were rescued, and the bodies of 40-year-old Frank Rosairo and 4-year-old Emma Strawser were recovered Friday.

According to media reports, McIntosh is the mother of both children. She released a statement Sunday while the search efforts were continuing.

"The family would like to thank everyone for their prayers and support during this difficult time," she said. "We would like to thank everyone that is searching for Xavier and Tina."

McCracken County Emergency Management Director Jerome Mansfield said crews from about 20 agencies in Kentucky and Illinois participated in the weekend search.

Authorities say they aren't sure what caused the boat to capsize, but they think it was accidental. Mansfield said the yellow fiberglass boat hasn't been recovered; authorities are still searching for it.

Mansfield said there's a warning sign in the area, but the full-length of the dam can be difficult to see at night.

"The current in the river can be deceptive; it can be much swifter and deadlier than it appears on the surface," he said.