Man tries to rescue boy from Ohio river, drowns, police say


LIMA, Ohio (AP) — Police say a man drowned trying to save a boy who had fallen into a cold northwest Ohio river.

Lima police Sgt. Jason Warren said that the boy, whose identity wasn’t immediately available, had been walking in shallow water Sunday in the Ottawa River with other children. He was swept away by the current when he walked out too far.

Officials say Greg Stevenson jumped into the water — estimated at about 40 degrees at the time — to rescue the boy. City firefighters pulled him out further downstream.

Stevenson was taken to a hospital and has been pronounced dead.

Officials say a police officer jumped into the water and rescued the boy.

The boy has also been hospitalized. Officials say he wasn’t seriously hurt. 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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