Frankfort man drowns in river

State Journal Staff Report Published:

A 50-year-old Frankfort man drowned Thursday night in the Ohio River.

Davis Watters was with a group of people on the bank of the Ohio River at the Falls of Ohio Interpretive Center when he waded out too far and drowned, according to Mac Spainhour, a conservation officer with the Indiana Department of Natural Resources.

Spainhour said Watters' ex-wife, Donna, was with him at the park and the couple was in the process of reconciling.

Apparently, Watters started playing around at the edge of the water and pretended to fall in and yelled, "help, help," Spainhour said. When Watters did the same thing again, his ex-wife assumed he was still playing, Spainhour said, but Watters went underwater a second time, and did not reappear.

Spainhour said he received the emergency call at 9:01 p.m. and the Clark County Fire Department was able to recover Watters' body at about 9:35 p.m. by using a special light.

Clark County Deputy Coroner Joe Leach said Watters' family has been notified but funeral arrangements were still pending.

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