UPDATE: Press Statement from Ohio Department of Natural Resources: An adult male was pulled from the water at Indian Lake at approximately 12:20 pm on March 26 after his boat capsized. CPR was performed at the scene and the individual was transported to the Mary Rutan Hospital. He was later pronounced deceased. The victim has been identified as David E. Hamilton, 59,  of Rawson, Ohio. He was the lone occupant of the boat.

Water temperatures are slow to respond to the change of seasons. If the water is less than 50 degrees, the window of opportunity for rescue is only a few minutes if the person is not dressed for cold water conditions. Information on how to dress for water temperature is available at: http://watercraft.ohiodnr.gov/coldweatherboating.

Note: You can find additional Information on cold water safety on ODNR’s website at the following links – this is a great time of year to remind the public about the dangers of cold water and how to be safe.

http://watercraft.ohiodnr.gov/coldwater

http://watercraft.ohiodnr.gov/news/post/cold-water-boating-safety

Fatal boating accident on Indian Lake

Your News Now at 10: A man has died following a boating accident on Indian Lake earlier Thursday afternoon.

According to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, an adult male was pulled from the water near Tecumseh Island, at 12:20 p.m. Thursday afternoon. He was underwater for several minutes before bystanders and first responders reached him. He was given CPR and taken to Mary Rutan Hospital where he was pronounced dead. Initial indications are that the man's boat capsized as he was making a turn throwing him into the water. The Ohio Department of Natural Resources is not yet releasing the victim's name. They say in spite of warmer air temperatures, the water remains extremely cold, and can quickly bring on hypothermia if you enter the water.

 

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