MONTICELLO, Ind. (WLFI) — A Lafayette man is dead after tubing down the Tippecanoe River near Diamond Point. According to the Indiana Conservation Officers, Sunday around 3:50 p.m., White County Communications received a 911 report of a man who was pulled from the Tippecanoe River in White County.
Jerry F Boling II, 51, of Lafayette was floating down the river in an inner tube with two friends. At some point, he fell into the water from his tube and began to struggle. Friends were able to grab him and get him back to his tube. Sometime later, Boling again fell in the water and started to struggle. A boater pulled him into a boat and took him to the bank to emergency responders waiting at a residence along Diamond Point.
Conservation Officers and a bystander performed CPR and applied an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) before EMS arrived on the scene. Boling was transported to IU White ER where he was pronounced dead.
Indiana Conservation Officers are investigating this incident as a drowning; however, an official cause of death will be determined by the White County Coroner's Office.
According to the Indiana Department of Natural Resources, no one in Boling's group possessed a life jacket.