Department of Fish and Wildlife
Search For Missing Canoeist Enters Seventh Day
Search teams entered their seventh day looking for a McCreary County man whose canoe overturned last week on the Big South Fork of the Cumberland River near Alum Ford.
Tim Godfrey, 29, an employee of the Daniel Boone Job Corps, disappeared into the rain-swollen river April 13 after the canoe he shared with two others overturned in the rapids.
Joshua Breeding, 26, of McCreary County, and Chad Harbough, 27, of Waynesburg, Penn., both Iraq war veterans, made it safely to shore. They walked about two miles before finding some campers who telephoned for help.
Search teams have been diligent, working around additional heavy rains, high winds and the rising and falling water of the river.
The effort includes search dog teams from Tennessee and Calloway County, underwater camera crews from Wayne and Pulaski counties, and side-scan sonar operators from Wayne and Pulaski counties. Search crews from Somerset and Kentucky Emergency Management are also on site. They are assisting the U.S. Park Service, National Forest Service and Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources personnel in the search for Godfrey.
Godfrey, Breeding and Harbough launched their canoe into the swift current of the Big South Fork last Wednesday at the Yamacraw Bridge in McCreary County. There were no life jackets in the canoe.