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Body of missing boater recovered Friday

May 18, 2013 at 01:26 PM

RIPLEY — The body of a 20-year-old Rushville man who had been missing since May 11 was recovered from the LaMoine River just after 1 p.m. Friday.

Josh A. Hart was one of five people involved in a boating accident that occurred about 9:30 p.m. May 10 one mile west of U.S. Route 24.

The 12-foot jon boat struck a logjam and capsized, said Sgt. Mark Wagner of the Illinois Department of Natural Resources. The other four occupants made it to shore safely, but Hart remained missing until Friday.

Wagner said the boat was overloaded and only had two life jackets on board, instead of the required one per person.

An autopsy is pending. Wagner said the accident remains under investigation.

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