Indiana Conservation Officers are investigating a drowning that occurred around 3:00 p.m. Monday afternoon at Patoka Lake.
According to authorities, a 3-year-old Jayce Stallings from Deputy, IN, was with a group of boats that were anchored together offshore near the Little Patoka Boat Ramp north of Taswell. Statements from witnesses indicate the Stallings had been swimming from the boat while wearing a life jacket just prior to the incident. The life jacket was removed after he exited the water so he could warm up.
After one of the boats left the group, it was noticed that Stallings was missing. He was last seen sitting along the edge of the boat on a cooler.
A search ensued and Indiana Conservation Officers were called to the scene. Stallings was located at around 4:08 p.m. by Indiana Conservation Officer divers.
He was transported to Harrison County Hospital by Crawford County EMS personnel, where he was treated and later pronounced dead.
Crawford County Sheriff’s Department, English Volunteer Fire Department and Air Evac responded to the scene.
Indiana Conservation Officers urge everyone to wear lifejackets in or around all waterways, whether swimming, in a boat or along the shore.