Wisconsin man drowns at Patoka Lake
Indiana conservation officers are investigating the death of a man that occurred at Patoka Lake during the Labor Day weekend.
The body of Travis Ray St. Martin, 33, of Racine, Wis., was recovered by conservation officer public safety divers at approximately 7:34 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 6, after he went missing in the water.
At approximately 2:51 p.m. that day, a conservation officer was on boat patrol on the lake when witnesses alerted him to a possible drowning, and he immediately responded. Multiple 911 calls came in shortly after, reporting that a man had disappeared in the water.
The investigation revealed that two females were aboard a towable tube affixed to a stationary rental boat by a rope when they fell off the tube and struggled to stay afloat.
Multiple people from the rental boat jumped in the water to assist and rescued one of the females. One of the people who jumped from the rental boat, St. Martin, disappeared under the water.
The other female from the tube, K’neisha Adams, 25, of Burke, Va., was rescued by a group of people from a separate boat. She was airlifted to University Hospital in Louisville and was later released.
The Crawford County coroner’s office ruled the preliminary cause of death as accidental drowning. No alcohol or drugs were suspected to be contributing factors.
Although adequate life jackets were present on the rental boat, none were in use. Indiana conservation officers strongly encourage wearing a life jacket when recreating on or around bodies of water.