RATHBUN — A 43-year-old Ottumwa woman lost her life Sunday after falling into Rathbun Lake from the boat docks at Rathbun Marina just after midnight.
According to a press release from the Appanoose County Sheriff’s Office, Kathy Sue Lukeheart had been on her docked boat at the marina, but while standing on the dock adjusting her clothing, Lukeheart lost her balance and fell into the water.
Lukeheart did not resurface and witnesses immediately called 9-1-1 at approximately 12:52 a.m.
Emergency personnel from the Appanoose County Sheriff’s Office; Appanoose County Water Rescue; Iowa State Patrol; Mercy Ambulance; Mystic, Moravia and Centerville Fire Departments; and Iowa Department of Natural Resources responded to the scene and began rescue operations.
At approximately 1:50 a.m. Lukehart was found under the water surface near the location where she fell in. She was transported to Mercy Medical Center in Centerville where she was pronounced dead.
Her body was taken to the Iowa State Medical Examiner’s Office where an autopsy will be conducted.