Man saved from river

Resident in critical condition after incident

A Columbus man was reported in critical condition after being pulled Monday from the Flat Rock River by the Shelby County Indiana Swift Water Rescue Team.

The victim was identified Tuesday as Raymond Sanchez, 35, of Columbus, according to the Indiana Department of Natural Resources Division of Law Enforcement.

Sanchez’s girlfriend notified conservation officers that Sanchez had gone out on the river Monday afternoon and had planned to float to Noblitt Park in Columbus, according to an Indiana DNR news release.

About 1 p.m. Monday, witnesses saw a male in a Bass Tracker bantam boat go over the low-head dam on Flat Rock River in the Vandalia/Geneva area, the release said.

The girlfriend said Sanchez was not familiar with the river and had no idea there were low-head dams along his proposed route, the DNR said.

Sanchez was listed in critical condition Tuesday at Indiana University Health Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis, the DNR said.

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Kirk Johannesen is assistant managing editor of The Republic. He can be reached at or (812) 379-5639.