Apparent drowning victim not wearing a life jacket

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.

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