Officials issue warning after apparent drowning

NEW JASPER TWP., Ohio (WDTN) – Greene County Coroner’s investigators identified the man pulled from Shawnee Lake on Tuesday as 64-year-old James Redway, Jr.

Officials called his death a tragic start to the boating season and said it’s a reminder why safety precautions are important.

Emergency crews were called to the lake around 11:30 in the morning after a neighbor said she heard someone yelling for help.  Investigators said they found Redway’s truck and trailer parked a few feet away from where his boat was drifting in the water.

Officials said Redway was alone and not wearing a life jacket when he went in the water.

“it’s always going to be better to boat with somebody and if you are not going to boat with a partner to let somebody know where you are going to be,” suggested Melissa Clark with ODNR Division of Watercraft.

Clark also warned even though it is getting warmer, the water is still cold.

“When temperatures are below 50 degrees you really just have minutes for rescue to occur,” she said.

According to ODNR nearly 90% of boating deaths are due to drowning and nearly half of those are attributed to the effects of immersion in cold water.

For more boating safety tips go to the Boating Safety Resource Center’s web site.

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