Vine Grove man dies in Rough River Lake trying to save dog

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by Gene Kang

WHAS11.com

Posted on May 22, 2013 at 6:12 PM

Updated Thursday, Jul 18 at 5:31 PM

 LEITCHFIELD, Ky. (WHAS11) -- Tragedy at Rough River Lake. A Vine Grove man drowned after attempting to save a dog.

Kyle McGonigle, 36, died Monday night.

The Grayson County Sheriff's Office is investigating several factors which may have contributed to his death. 

Friends and family remember McGonigle as a hero. He worked at a Radcliff restaurant with his good friend and boss before drowning in Rough River Lake.

"He won't get to see his daughters grow up and that's hard. He was so proud of his daughters," McGonigle's manager and friend, Ben Ashlock, said.

Ashlock says Colton's Steak House & Grill feels empty in Radcliff.  Friends for ten years, McConigle managed the kitchen before he died.

"Today I've got a lot more perspective. Yesterday was a lot rougher; a lot of tears for me. I know Kyle would not want me to cry about anything," Ashlock said.

Friends say McGonigle drowned not too far from a marina where he was trying to save a dog. They say he was possibly electrocuted."

"Typical Kyle he loved animals and so I believe the dog was getting zapped by the electricity and he was trying to help out the dog," Ashlock said.

The Grayson County Sheriff' Office tells WHAS11 that McGonigle and three co-workers enjoyed swimming and fishing in Rough River Lake on Monday night. Detectives found alcohol at the scene.

The Hardin County High School graduate heard his friend's dog yelping in the water about five feet from a boat. The two never resurfaced.

His manager and friends remember the good times.

"He liked to be outdoors. He liked to be outdoors and telling stories joking and goofing off. That was him," Ashlock said.


McConigle's friends believe a live wire somehow touched the water or boat, causing an electrical current. The coroner's office ruled McGonigle's preliminary cause of death as drowning. The Grayson County Sheriff's Office says the case is still under investigation.

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