The search for two people missing after a boating accident Saturday on the Ohio River has entered a new phase as crews from across the region do their part to help.More than 60 miles of the river has been searched from Louisville, down to Brandenburg and over to the Leavenworth, Indiana area, officials told WLKY in an update Sunday.The accident happened around 10 p.m. when first responders were notified that a boat was struck by a barge on the river near the Greenwood Boat Docks near Greenwood and Cane Run roads. That’s not far from Caesars Southern Indiana, which was one of the fireworks launching sites for Thunder Over Louisville this year.The crash happened after the fireworks had wrapped up.Chief Doug Recktenwald with Pleasure Ridge Park Fire Department said in an earlier update that five people were transported to the University of Louisville Hospital. One man died from his injuries. The condition of the others who were injured is unknown.Recktenwald said divers continue to search for a missing man and woman. In total, there were seven people on board the boat when the accident occurred.In an update Sunday afternoon, officials said while river and weather conditions are ideal, they have not been successful in finding the missing individuals. That’s why they are transitioning from a rescue mission to a recovery mission.Officials said they don’t believe there is a chance they will find the boaters alive. Crews believe the individuals are either in the water or at water’s edge.The search efforts will continue throughout the day Sunday. The PRP Fire Department will continue to lead the efforts until sunset, and then the LMPD and Coast Guard will take over efforts.The Coast Guard, Metro Fire, Indiana Fire, and other local agencies are assisting with the search and rescue. Officials said more than 60 people are involved in the search.Investigators said they are still conducting interviews to determine what happened. They said workers on the barge helped pull the five people from the water.A spokesperson for the owner of the barges, Marquette Transportation Company, said in a statement that they are cooperating fully with authorities and that they send their condolences to relatives.”Marquette’s mariners responded quickly and rescued five individuals from the water, who were then transported by local authorities to the hospital.”Our hearts and prayers go out to the individuals and families impacted by this tragic event.”Marquette is cooperating fully with all governmental agencies that are investigating this incident and conducting search efforts.”Search crews initially ended their efforts around 3 a.m. Sunday due to the dark conditions. They have been out there all day Sunday looking for the missing individuals.None of those who were on the boat have been identified yet.Officials said they would continue search efforts as long as conditions remain ideal. They are also using sonar to look under the water. The teams are also in the process of pulling the barges apart to see if the victims may have been caught between the barges.The PRP Fire Department said they would cease search efforts after sunset Sunday.A spokesperson for the LMPD said the police department will now be releasing updates going forward. They are also investigating the crash and who all was involved.

The search for two people missing after a boating accident Saturday on the Ohio River has entered a new phase as crews from across the region do their part to help.

More than 60 miles of the river has been searched from Louisville, down to Brandenburg and over to the Leavenworth, Indiana area, officials told WLKY in an update Sunday.

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The accident happened around 10 p.m. when first responders were notified that a boat was struck by a barge on the river near the Greenwood Boat Docks near Greenwood and Cane Run roads. That’s not far from Caesars Southern Indiana, which was one of the fireworks launching sites for Thunder Over Louisville this year.

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The crash happened after the fireworks had wrapped up.

Chief Doug Recktenwald with Pleasure Ridge Park Fire Department said in an earlier update that five people were transported to the University of Louisville Hospital. One man died from his injuries. The condition of the others who were injured is unknown.

Recktenwald said divers continue to search for a missing man and woman. In total, there were seven people on board the boat when the accident occurred.

In an update Sunday afternoon, officials said while river and weather conditions are ideal, they have not been successful in finding the missing individuals. That’s why they are transitioning from a rescue mission to a recovery mission.

Officials said they don’t believe there is a chance they will find the boaters alive. Crews believe the individuals are either in the water or at water’s edge.

The search efforts will continue throughout the day Sunday. The PRP Fire Department will continue to lead the efforts until sunset, and then the LMPD and Coast Guard will take over efforts.

The Coast Guard, Metro Fire, Indiana Fire, and other local agencies are assisting with the search and rescue. Officials said more than 60 people are involved in the search.

Investigators said they are still conducting interviews to determine what happened. They said workers on the barge helped pull the five people from the water.

A spokesperson for the owner of the barges, Marquette Transportation Company, said in a statement that they are cooperating fully with authorities and that they send their condolences to relatives.

“Marquette’s mariners responded quickly and rescued five individuals from the water, who were then transported by local authorities to the hospital.

“Our hearts and prayers go out to the individuals and families impacted by this tragic event.

“Marquette is cooperating fully with all governmental agencies that are investigating this incident and conducting search efforts.”

Search crews initially ended their efforts around 3 a.m. Sunday due to the dark conditions. They have been out there all day Sunday looking for the missing individuals.

None of those who were on the boat have been identified yet.

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Officials said they would continue search efforts as long as conditions remain ideal. They are also using sonar to look under the water. The teams are also in the process of pulling the barges apart to see if the victims may have been caught between the barges.

The PRP Fire Department said they would cease search efforts after sunset Sunday.

A spokesperson for the LMPD said the police department will now be releasing updates going forward. They are also investigating the crash and who all was involved.

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