Divers Explain How They Recovered Missing Man’s Body In River

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It was a tragic end to the search for Alex Johnson, when the coroner confirmed Saturday that Johnson’s body was found in a barrel in the Kentucky River.

The Lexington Fire Department Special Operations Unit found the barrel on Friday, despite bitterly cold temperatures.

Their dive team showed LEX 18 the equipment they used in the rescue.

Firefighters say dry suits allowed about 6 divers to stay warm in 17 degree weather as they searched the river bottom. The 55 gallon barrel was discovered after about a half hour of scanning the riverbed. It had sunk to the bottom near Old Richmond Road.

The search party was out at the river for several hours before the dive.

“Just to set up the tents, to get everything in place, to make sure all the trucks were there. When it’s that cold things can go wrong, so they made sure the back up of the back up was there,” said Lexington Fire Department diver John Durr.

Investigators had searched the area before on New Year’s Eve. This time, they found the barrel submerged in about 4 feet of water. Two men have been arrested and charged in connection to Johnson’s death.

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