EDINGBURGH, Ind. (June 7, 2014) — The search continues for a teenager feared dead after being swept away in the Big Blue River.
Jason Moran, 17, is missing after jumping into the river to help a friend, 16-year-old Sarah May McLevish, in distress. Three others, Michael Chadbourne, 16, Trent Crabb, 17, and Mark Naley, 18, also went into the water to help McLevish.
McLevish and Chadbourne were rescued from the waters and transported to Methodist Hospital in critical condition. They remain in critical condition Saturday.
Crabb and Mark Naley were checked out by EMS but had no injuries.
Jet Quillen with DNR says multiple agencies are working on finding Moran. High water and the proximity of the low head dam present a challenge for rescuers. Multiple boats, sonar and drag equipment are being used to aid the search effort. A line system has been set up to search the bottom of the river. Search efforts are currently being focused on the dam area and 100 yards south of it.
The possibility of rain Saturday night is a concern for the crews, but they are planning to keep the search going until sunset.