PTL Marine Employee Missing After Boat Capsizes

A PTL Marine employee was missing at the confluence of the Mississippi and Ohio rivers after his grocery delivery boat capsized March 3.

Tyler Morgan, 23, of LaCenter, Ky., was operating a PTL Marine boat several miles upstream from the Wickliffe, Ky., boat ramp and had dropped a person off onto a tow, Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources Sgt. Daniel Richardson said.

About 3:40 p.m., the boat capsized with Morgan the only person on board, witnesses told conservation officers. 

Morgan was reported to be wearing a personal floatation device, but it was not zipped or buckled at the time, Richardson said. The boat was recovered with assistance from a crane on a nearby barge. Richardson noted that the river is currently above flood stage, making the search for Morgan more difficult.

Conservation officers assisted the Ballard County Sheriff’s Office, Ballard County Rescue, Carlisle County Rescue and McCracken County Rescue in recovering the boat and attempting to locate Morgan.