Body of Missing Boater Located in Fall River

Stephen McMann was apparently ejected from his 18-foot center console when it struck a retaining wall near Heritage Park on Sunday night.

August 11, 2010: According to the WPRI , the body of a missing boater whose 18-foot center console struck a retaining wall near the Braga Bridge in Fall River, Mass, on Sunday night, Aug. 9, has been recovered near the site by state police divers.

Sat map of Heritage Park and Battleship Cove.

The boat crashed into the shore at Heritage State Park in Fall River. The helmsman may have fallen overboard prior to the crash, although witnesses report seeing a person ejected from the boat upon impact with the wall. The victim’s dog was found alive on the boat.

The boater has been identified as Stephen McMann, 49, of Berkley, Mass. Divers recovered his body in the Taunton River at about 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, according to a statement from the Bristol County District Attorney’s Office. The Coast Guard called off the search for McMann on Monday. The State Medical Examiner’s Office has taken custody of the body and will conduct an autopsy this week. No word yet on whether alcohol was involved.

Video Coverage:


WPRI | August 09, 2010

The Coast Guard and Massachusetts Environmental Police were still searching the Taunton River Monday morning for a person missing after a boat crash.


WCVBtv •| August 09, 2010

Fall River police and fire crews, along with the U.S. Coast Guard, were searching for a boater missing on the Taunton River.