Vigil held for teens involved in swimming accident

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EDINBURGH, Ind. (WISH) – Officials searching for a missing Franklin teenager said the search was called off for the night and will resume Saturday morning. The Franklin community came together Friday night for a prayer vigil at Franklin Community High School.

Rescuers combed the Big Blue River all day Friday after Jason Moran, 17, went missing.

Police said Moran, Sarah Mae Mclevish, 16, Michael Chadbourne, 16, Trent Crabb, 17, and Mark Nally, 18, all of Franklin, were swimming in the river when Mclevish went over the Edinburgh dam.

Moran, Chadbourne, Crabb and Nally then attempted to rescue Mclevish. Mclevish and Chadbourne were rescued from the water and taken to IU Health Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis. The two were listed in critical condition as of Friday night.

On Friday night, hundreds gathered at the Franklin Community High School football field to pray for the teens and the rescuers.

Moran, Chadbourne and Nally were all football players at the high school.

Nally attended the vigil tonight, just hours after he risked his life to save a friend.

There are grief counselors available at Franklin Community High School for students beginning at 9 a.m. Saturday despite school being out for the summer.

DNR officials said they will be back in the Big Blue River early Saturday morning continuing the search efforts for the body of Moran.

An Indiana Department of Natural Resources spokesman called the area where the teens went in a “drowning machine” and urged others not to get into the water there. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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