MONTICELLO — Indiana Conservation Officers are investigating a death that occurred yesterday on the Tippecanoe River in White County.
According to the DNR, White County Communications received a 911 call at 3:50 p.m. Sunday concerning a man who was pulled from the Tippecanoe River near Diamond Point. Several agencies responded to the area.
DNR officials said Jerry F. Boling II, 51, of Lafayette, was floating down the river in an inner tube with two friends when, at some point, he fell into the water from his tube and began to struggle. Friends were able to grab him and get him back to his tube.
A short time later, Boling was in the water struggling again. A boater in the area pulled him into the boat and transported him to emergency personnel waiting at a residence along Diamond Point.
Conservation Officers and a bystander performed CPR and applied a defibrillator prior to EMS arriving on scene. The Monticello Fire Department transported Boling to Indiana University Health White Memorial Hospital’s emergency room, where he was pronounced dead.
Indiana Conservation Officers are investigating the incident as a drowning; however, an official cause of death will be determined later by the White County Coroner’s Office.
DNR officials said no one in Boling’s group was wearing or had in their possession a life jacket, which according to state law is a required piece of safety equipment for everyone on a watercraft.
A watercraft includes an inner tube or raft if the device is being used as a form of transportation. The law does not require the life jacket be worn while floating, but does require one to be accessible.