IN: Goose hunter dies in boating accident
Goose hunter dies in boating accident on Turtle Creek Reservoir in
February 3, 2009
SULLIVAN -- A Hammond goose hunter died in a boating accident on Turtle
Creek Reservoir in Sullivan County Tuesday morning during windy, sub-zero
weather conditions. Edward L. Sako, 42, was in a boat that overturned about
200 yards north of the boat ramp 6:45 a.m., according to an Indiana
Conservation public information officer Max Winchell.
Sako was found floating face down in the water near the overturned boat.
A second passenger in the boat, Jeff Corning, 47, of Lake Village, IN was
found alive in the water, Winchell said.
He was rescued and taken to the Hoosier Energy's hunting check station.
He was later taken to Sullivan County Community Hospital and was treated for
"Sako and Corning left the boat ramp en route to an area on the lake to
hunt geese. Several other parties of goose hunters were waiting for
daylight, and conditions to improve, to boat to their hunting areas,"
Winchell stated. "One party had previously launched their boat and set out
on the lake, in the near zero temperature, but returned due to large waves
created by the high winds that morning. Sako and Corning launched their boat
in the darkness and headed out onto the lake. Shortly after they set out,
other hunters at the check station heard the men yelling for help over the
Indiana Conservation Officers Deland Szczepanski and Jay Baker were off
duty and planning to hunt on the lake Tuesday morning.
ICO Szczepanski and ICO Baker got into a boat with Mark Wallace of
Corydon, to search for the men. They found Corning holding onto the motor of
the capsized boat.
"They immediately took him back to the Hoosier Energy check station to
get him dry and warm. ICO Szczepanski went back out in a second boat with
Bill Poe of Vincennes and Tom Weidner of Bridgeport, IL, and found Sako
floating face down in the water near the overturned boat."
He was taken by the SCAT 2 ambulance to S.C.C.H. where he was pronounced
An autopsy will be performed by forensic pathologist and Vigo County
Coroner Roland Kohr at Regional Hospital in Terre Haute, at 1 p.m. Tuesday.
"Neither of the men were found wearing a life jacket," Winchell added.
Indiana Conservation Officer Tom Lahay is investigating the boating
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