HARRISON COUNTY, Ind. (NEWS RELEASE) -- Indiana Conservation Officers are investigating the death of a 69-year-old Boonville man that occurred on Blue River Tuesady morning. Shortly after 10:30 a.m., Harrison County Dispatch received a 911 call advising that a man had capsized his canoe and become trapped beneath it.
William Chappell was canoeing with his wife when they struck a partially submerged log and capsized, pinning Chappell, who was wearing a life jacket, beneath the canoe. Chappell's grandson, Thomas Moss, who was nearby in a kayak quickly freed Chappell and initiated CPR.
Cave Country Canoe Rental personnel reached Chappell by boat and transported him to a waiting ambulance, after which he was airlifted to University of Louisville Hospital.
Chappell, who was conscious while en route to the hospital, later died of complications at UofL.
An autopsy is scheduled for Thursday at the Kentucky Medical Examiner's Office. Assisting agencies at the scene included Ramsey and Milltown Fire Departments, Milltown Police Department, Crawford County Sheriff's Department and Air Methods Helicopter.
Indiana Conservation Officers strongly encourage citizens to always wear a life jacket when recreating on Indiana's waterways. Caution should also be used when approaching potential river hazards such as overhanging limbs, submerged trees, and boulders.