Nelson N. Price, 23, Mt. Carmel, Ill., an employee of Olen D. Sharp Drilling
Co., which is engaged in offshore directional drilling in the bed of the Ohio River opposite Diamond island
drowned in the river between 2 and Saturday (18 Jun 1955).
His body had not been recovered at today despite continuous daylight
dragging efforts by the Posey county sheriff's office. State Police, Mt.
Vernon Fire Department and workers employed by Sharp Drilling Co.
Price drowned when an outboard motor-powered boat of the drilling
company in which he and a companion drilling drewman,
Gerald Lovelette, 21, Mt.Carmel, were riding in a recess from work
capsized in making a sharp turn in the swift, deep channel current between the Indiana shoreline and the island.
Lovellette tried to keep Price afloat but was
forced to abandon his rescue efforts to save his own life and swam to shore.
Lovellette, suffering from shock, was treated at
the office of a Mt.Vernon physician following the tragic death of
Price and Lovellette were members of the
day tower drilling crew engaged in directional drilling of Sharp No. 3
Commonwealth of Kentucky from a rig based on the Dixon farm in South Marrstownship.
The drowned man had a wife and a baby son. The son was eight
months old Saturday.
forced the suspension of dragging late this morning.