New Lighthouse Shines in Memory of Boat Accident Victims

 

There were tears and there was laughter at today’s Lighthouse Memorial Ceremony down at the Gazebo in Burlington.

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A crowd of people gathered for the Lighthouse Dedication Ceremony to honor the lives that were lost in a Jon Boat accident in 2012. Mayor Shane McCambell officiated the ceremony…

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We also talked to a member of the crowd Marilyn Champign who use to be a water safety instructor, and said it was a tragic accident that could have been prevented…

Carlos Capdevila with the RiverRat Safety Awareness Organization, said the American flag that’s located next to the lighthouse was also a dedication to someone who had lost their life to the river, so it’s fitting that they sit right next to each other…

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( In photo: Carlos Capdevila and Louise Butherus [mother of Matt House] )

Cody Atchley, father of Caitlyn Atchley who lost her life in the accident, spoke about losing his daughter and the struggle of getting out the door each day…

 

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The young adults who passed away May 19th, 2012 were 22-year-old Jake Boyd, 21-year-old Matt House, 21-year-old Blake Eakins and 20-year-old Caitlyn Atchley, all from Burlington.

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The lighthouse is lit every night to remind people to boat smart and remember those who have lost their lives to the mighty Mississippi River.

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