Search underway in Ohio River for Kentucky riverboat employee

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NEWPORT, Ky. (WKYT) - A search is underway for a man reported missing in the Ohio River.

Gray affiliate FOX19 reports the U.S. Coast Guard and Boone County Water Rescue are searching for a BB Riverboats employee that fell into the water.

BB Riverboats released the following statement:

“On or around 11:55 it was reported to management that an employee of ours appeared to be missing. After our management was notified, a company-wide search was conducted. Authorities were notified and as of now, a search is currently being performed by local water rescue. The Bernstein family extends our thoughts and prayers to the family as well as to our crew. As more information is passed along to us, we will update you further.”

The Coast Guard said video shows the employee falling into the river between a barge and a boat Tuesday morning.

The Newport Fire Department is calling the search a recovery effort.

BB Riverboats is based out of Newport.

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