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Coroner identifies man found dead in Ohio River near Captain's Quarters

According to the coroner, the 57-year-old man accidentally drowned in the Ohio River in Prospect.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — The Jefferson County Coroner's Office has identified the man whose body was found in the Ohio River over Memorial Day Weekend.

James Ballinger, 57, drowned in a boating accident near Captain's Quarters. Police said he went overboard early Sunday morning.

Ballinger was a well-known civil rights attorney in Louisville.

Police recovered his body from the Ohio River late Tuesday night. The coroner said his death was accidental.

A Louisville Metro Police spokesperson said MetroSafe received a call about a body in the river near Captain's Quarters around 9:45 p.m.

Several agencies responded, including LMPD's River and Homicide units, Anchorage Middletown Fire & EMS and the Coast Guard they said.

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