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Man dies after being pulled from the White River in Indianapolis

White River rescue
Posted at 8:59 PM, May 11, 2023
and last updated 2023-05-12 17:58:30-04

INDIANAPOLIS — A man has died after he was pulled from the White River on Thursday.

The wife of the victim, identified as 32-year old Martez "Tezz" Proctor, informed IFD today of his passing. Proctor had passed away upon his arrival to the hospital on Thursday evening.

Proctor's wife added that her and "Tezz" had been married for 10 months, and she is pregnant with their baby boy, due in October. Proctor also leaves behind a 6-year old daughter.

Rescue crews and divers with the Indianapolis Fire Department responded to the 2100 block of South White River Pkwy East Drive on a report of a person in the water at around 7 p.m.

Upon arrival, crews were informed there were two people in the water. One was stable and standing on top of the capsized boat, the other was underneath the water.

Witnesses directed crews to the area of where the second victim was believed to be.

Several divers went in the water to search. IFD says crews also did a sonar search with a boat, so two areas of the river were being searched at once.

Officials located an adult male where witnesses told rescuers he may be. He was transported to Eskenazi Hospital in critical condition.

According to IFD, the man who was controlling the boat visits the White River often and has owned his boat for 'quite some time.' The passenger got 'spooked' when the boat had moved, prompting him to jump out, which is what caused it to capsize.

Indiana Department of Natural Resources says the small watercraft was overloaded and could not safely navigate the river current. Proctor was not wearing a life jacket.