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Anderson man dies after falling into Henry County reservoir

The 61-year-old man was pulled out of the water after nearly three hours of search operations, according to DNR officials.
Credit: Indiana DNR
Conservation officer's boat. File photo.

HENRY COUNTY, Ind. — The Indiana DNR said an Anderson man died after falling out of a pontoon boat at Westwood Park Reservoir in Henry County, Indiana Sunday afternoon.

Jeff Maxwell, 61, was pulled out of the water after nearly three hours of search operations, according to DNR officials.

A 911 call came in to Henry County Dispatch around 2:34 p.m. 

Maxwell was located by ICO sonar operators, and his body was recovered at 5:13 p.m.

Maxwell and a passenger were fishing on Maxwell’s small pontoon boat. The passenger told officials that Maxwell was at the back of the boat operating the trolling motor when he leaned over, causing the boat to tip.

After resurfacing, Maxwell held onto a throwable personal flotation device while the passenger swam to get the boat. After retrieving the boat, the passenger couldn't find Maxwell.

Exact cause of death is pending autopsy results.