Incident DetailsCause of Death:
First Sergeant Karl Kelley died from injuries suffered the day before during a training exercise on the East Fork of the White River at the Williams Dam in Lawrence County.
A boat containing two other conservation officers had overturned in turbulent waters and when First Sergeant Kelley and another conservation officer attempted a rescue, their boat capsized as well. First Sergeant Kelley was rescued after being submerged for 15 minutes and survived for 24 hours before he died from the injuries he suffered at University of Louisville Hospital in Louisville, Kentucky.
On the day of the incident, river levels were 10.2 feet at the Williams Dam gauge with flood stage at 8 feet.
First Sergeant Kelley was survived by his wife, two daughters, son, two stepsons, parents, brother, sister, four grandchildren and two stepgrandchildren.