Body found of missing boater in Mobile River boat accident

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UPDATE (4/8) — The Mobile County Sheriff’s says flotilla units and marine police responded to the Mobile River just south of General Wilson Bridge to recover the body of the missing boater. 

The sheriff’s office is expected to release more information soon.

UPDATE 11:36 am

The search for missing Robert Leslie Ellison has been suspended for the day and will resume at daylight tomorrow. The search was suspended due to weather. 

UPDATE: At approximately 1:00 a.m. on Thursday, March 4, State Troopers from ALEA’s Marine Patrol Division responded to the report of a vessel sunk in Mobile River at Barry Steam Plant. A 14’ boat operated by Robert Leslie Ellison, 32, struck an object in the river and ejected Ellison and his passenger Tasha Nicole Wood. Wood was able to swim to the shoreline but Ellison disappeared. Neither victim was wearing a Personal Flotation Device (PFD) although several were in the boat.

  Mobile County Sheriff’s Office arrived at the scene and launched a drone which was able to search both banks of the river. State Troopers were able to locate the vessel on the east side of Mobile River about ¼ mile downstream. Troopers were also able to locate the couple’s dog and returned him to family members. Mobile County Sheriff’s Flotilla began a search for Ellison shortly after daylight. He was last seen wearing rubber boots, blue jeans, a Carhart jacket, and a Carhart shirt

MT. VERNON, Ala., (WKRG) — One person is missing after a boat accident on the Mobile River near the Barry Steam Plant in northern Mobile County, that’s according to a volunteer firefighter.

The firefighter says a recovery effort is underway involving the Mt. Vernon Volunteer Fire Department and Marine Patrol; the Mobile County Sheriff’s Office will have a flotilla on the water at daybreak.

One person was rescued from the water, along with a dog. The accident happened at around one Thursday morning.

An official with Alabama Power says early Thursday morning a woman emerged from the river onto power plant property. Plant employees assisted the woman and called for emergency responders.

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