Mark A. Faith
A Harrison County man drowned Sunday afternoon, July 29, while swimming in a lake near Salem.
Mark A. (Boo) Faith, 42, Palmyra, formerly Mauckport, apparently was trying to swim across a large cove on Lake John Hay, about five miles north of Salem.
Authorities said friends who were with Faith said he was about 20 feet from shore when he went under, and never resurfaced, about 3:20 p.m.
Fishermen in boats could not locate Faith.
Indiana Conservation Officer Buford DeWitt, a certified diver with about 25 years experience, said he found Faith beneath the thermal clime, the level where the water temperature provides a more likely opportunity for the body to survive.
The heart beat can be as slow as one beat per minute … All the signs of death appear, DeWitt said. If we think it’s been an hour or less, we will go ahead with CPR.
DeWitt said a person’s age and health, as well as the water temperature and cleanliness, can help prolong life. Faith was found in about 15 feet of water, where the visibility was about 1-1/2 feet.
Faith was transported to Washington County Memorial Hospital in Salem, where he was pronounced dead.
Conservation officers were assisted by the Washington County Sheriff’s Dept., Indiana State Police and the Salem Police Dept.
A native of Harrison County, born May 5, 1959, he was the son of the late Charles Robert and Nellie Ramona Jacobs Faith. He was a construction worker.
Survivors include two sons, Casey and Justin Faith, both of Evansville; a companion, Beverleen Pendleton of Palmyra; three brothers, Ronnie Faith of Mauckport, Doug Faith of Elyra, Ohio, and Terry Faith of Corydon; four sisters, Brenda Sampson of Milltown, Connie Stacy of Depauw, Kathy Williams of Mauckport, and Cindy Pate of Central.
The funeral was Wednesday, Aug. 1,at 11 a.m. at Beanblossom-Cesar Funeral Home in Corydon with burial in Otterbein Cemetery near Laconia. Brother Bill Campbell officiated. Pallbearers were Ellis Timberlake, Keith Bond, Carl Lohmeyer, Mike Edner, and Jon and David Williams.