Former Georgetown man drowns during outing

By: Paige Maul

By: Paige Maul

By: Paige Maul

By: Paige Maul

COVINGTON, Ind. – A 35-year-old man drowned in the Wabash River on Friday while on an outing with his pregnant fiancee and three daughters from a previous marriage.

Alonzo McCoy, who recently moved to Covington, Ind., from Georgetown, was swept away by the current while trying to help his fiancee, Elizabeth Davis, 21, of Covington.

Mr. McCoy, Davis and Mr. McCoy's three daughters were relaxing on a sandbar near a public access boat ramp at Five Crossings Park in Covington, when Davis entered the river to retrieve a ball thrown into the water by one of Mr. McCoy's daughters.

Davis got caught in the current and Mr. McCoy, who could not swim, entered the water to try to help her. Davis made it safely to shore, but the current carried Mr. McCoy away and Davis said she saw him go under the water and not come back up.

Davis immediately got into her truck and drove to the public boat access ramp, where she asked someone to call 911. Within one minute, law enforcement officials arrived.

A Fountain County Sheriff's Department dive team located Mr. McCoy's body shortly after 4 p.m. in some driftwood, approximately 200 yards south of a train bridge that spans the Wabash near Five Crossings Park, where the couple first entered the water.

Fountain County Deputy Coroner Joe Gritten estimated Mr. McCoy's time of death to be about 3:20 p.m. He said Mr. McCoy was in the water for about an hour before he was recovered.

The Indiana Department of Natural Resources, Covington Police and the Fountain County sheriff's department were involved in the search.

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