Apparent drowning victim not wearing a life jacket

Emergency crews search Shawnee Lake for missing man. (Photo WDTN/Paul Rodzinka)

JAMESTOWN, Ohio (WDTN) – The body of a missing boater was found after several hours of searching Tuesday.

The victim’s boat was found on Lake Shawnee in Jamestown.

A Shawnee Lake resident called 911 around 11:30 a.m. after hearing someone shouting for help.

When officials arrived, they said they found a truck, trailer, and boat drifting a few feet away, but no sign of the owner.

That’s when state watercraft and air support were called in to assist.

Sonar boats located the victim’s body around 4 p.m.

The victim’s name gas not been released, but officials said he was 63-years-old and very familiar with the water. He was a resident at Shawnee Lake.

“He died doing what he loved,” said Pete Dodge, a friend of the victim. “Out on the water every chance he got.”

The sheriff said they are treating the death as a drowning.

“It’s still early in the investigation. It could be all kinds of reasons that caused this, but right now it looks like it’s an accident. I’m sure the coroner’s office will have further information as far as it was health related or a slip, knock in the head. Who knows exactly the reason that’s why we have to do an autopsy,” said Sheriff Gene Fischer, Greene County.

The sheriff said the victim was not wearing a life jacket, a decision he says may have changed the outcome. 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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