Marine police still searching for body of Steve Tripp

Published 3:19 pm Monday, February 24, 2014

By GINNY COOPER / Staff writer

HARPERSVILLE—The search continues for the body of Steve Tripp, owner of Revolution Performance Marine in Harpersville.



Tripp was test driving a power speed boat on the Coosa River Tuesday, Feb. 18 when he lost control of the boat, Alabama Marine Police Captain Michael Patrick said.

However, the details of the accident are “still under investigation,” Patrick reported.

Mark Kent, a passenger who was with Tripp during the crash, survived and suffered only minor injuries including some bruising and a broken wrist.

Alabama Marine Police believe that Tripp did not survive the crash, and search teams have combed the Coosa River for his body since Tuesday. However, Tripp’s body has not yet been recovered due to the temperature, depth and current of the water, Patrick said.

“We know we will make a recovery (of the body). It’s just a matter of time,” he said.

Many friends and supporters have posted good wishes and prayers on social media to show support for Tripp and his family.

“We are devastated by the loss. Our thoughts are with his family,” read one post.

“RIP Steve! Prayers for his family and friends!!” wrote another.

Tripp is survived by his wife, Rachel; son, Ryan; and daughters, Jillian, Megan and Sara.