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Search called off for the night for man missing in Kentucky River near Lock 7

Kentucky Fish and Wildlife officers are monitoring a stretch of the Kentucky River where a man went missing Thursday night. (WKYT)
Kentucky Fish and Wildlife officers are monitoring a stretch of the Kentucky River where a man went missing Thursday night. (WKYT)(WKYT)
Published: May. 28, 2020 at 9:36 PM EDT
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Jessamine County Fire and Nicholasville police were at Lock 7 River Thursday night after police got a call about a man missing in Kentucky River.

Jessamine County Emergency Management Director Johnny Adams told WKYT a group of people were out at the river for recreation when two men went into the water.

Adams says one man was swept downriver and the other tried to save him, but couldn't. He swam back to the banks.

Crews searched the banks and the water by boats for two hours before calling off the search.

“At the point where we had to suspend operations it had been over two hours since he was last seen, and at this point, we have classified this as a recovery mission," said Adams.

The search was also suspended because of unsafe water conditions and the dark.

Kentucky Fish and Wildlife officers will continue to monitor the river and make sure no one else tries searching for the man. They say it's too dangerous for anyone to be on the water right now.

Police say the river's water level is up which might have been why the man encountered trouble.

That part of the Kentucky River is at 17 feet, which is a litter higher than normal. Water levels are going down.

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