Kentucky Fish and Wildlife conservation officers investigating Lake Malone boating fatality
FRANKFORT, Ky. (July 16, 2021) - Conservation officers with the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources are investigating a boating incident Thursday evening at Lake Malone that killed a 36-year-old Muhlenberg County woman.
The incident happened around 9 p.m. (CDT) in an area of the lake southwest of the Lake Malone Road/KY 1785 bridge in Logan County.
According to initial reports, Jennifer Browning, of Greenville, Kentucky was a passenger on a bass boat returning to a fishing tournament weigh-in when the boat struck a submerged rocky area. Browning was ejected from the boat and died at the scene.
Browning was putting on a life jacket immediately before the incident, according to the boat’s operator. The operator was wearing a life jacket at the time of the incident, according to initial reports. Alcohol is not suspected to have been a factor.
Browning’s body was taken to the Western Kentucky Regional Medical Examiner’s Office in Madisonville, Kentucky, where an autopsy will be performed.
The incident remains under investigation.
In addition to Kentucky Fish and Wildlife conservation officers, Logan County Search and Rescue, Logan County Sheriff’s Office, Logan County EMS, Dunmor Volunteer Fire Department, Muhlenberg County Sheriff’s Office and the Muhlenberg County District 4 Constable also responded to the scene.