1 man dead, 1 missing in separate Ohio kayaking incidents

June 11, 2018

1 man dead, 1 missing in separate Ohio kayaking incidents

HAMILTON, Ohio — A man in Southwest Ohio is missing and another man in Northwest Ohio died when their kayaks overturned on Sunday, reports say.

It was among several drowning incidents this weekend across Ohio.

In Hamilton, a man on a jet ski managed to rescue a 35-year-old man whose kayak overturned on the Great Miami River, WCPO Channel 9 reports, but a second man, 29, is missing.

Hamilton Fire Department Deputy Chief Ken Runyan tells WCPO both kayakers were inexperienced and neither was wearing a lifejacket.

Ray Hollan, who lives near the river, tells WCPO he could hear the 35-year-old man screaming for help.

“I was inside my apartment. He was just, ‘Please help me! I’m going to die out here! I’m going to die out here!’” Hollan says.

In Tiffin, WTVG Channel 13 reports rescuers pulled a man from the Sandusky River on Sunday after his kayak overturned.

The man was taken to Mercy Hospital in Tiffin in critical condition but he died, WTVG reports. 

Two other kayakers were rescued unharmed, reports say.

It’s been a deadly weekend involving drownings in Ohio. On Friday, a 1-year-old boy drowned at his family’s pool in Elyria Township. In Symmes Township near Cincinnati, a 17-year-old boy has been missing since Saturday night after he tried to swim across the Little Miami River, WLWT Channel 5 reports.

In New Philadelphia, an 82-year-old woman died when she was swept away by flooding.

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