BETHEL TOWNSHIP, Ohio (WDTN) — Two men are dead and a child was taken to the hospital after a boat capsized in Clark County on Sunday.
According to detectives with the Clark County Sheriff’s Office, it happened at a private lake in Bethel Township. They were first alerted of the accident around 4:30 p.m. Sunday, May 29, 2022. When crews arrived on scene, they pulled a 7-year-old boy out of the water by 4:49 p.m.
Bethel Township Fire Chief Jacob King said the boy and one of the adult men were on the boat during the incident, when the other adult man swam out to assist.
Crews rescued the man’s brother and he was taken to the ICU with life-threatening injuries, but he died Monday. The boy was taken to the hospital but is said to be OK. His 29-year-old father died Sunday. Detectives told 2 NEWS no one was wearing a life jacket.
“First, we wanted to send our condolences to the family, this is a very tragic accident,” said King. “All of the agencies that responded had excellent response times and we were able to pull the first victim out of the water remarkably quick. If they had been wearing life jackets, it could’ve dramatically changed the outcome of this tragic accident. They are meant to buy responders time in helping keep you afloat.”
A sheriff’s deputy was also taken to the hospital for signs of exhaustion, he has since been released and back to work Monday.
The sheriff’s office is still working to determine what happened leading up to the boat capsizing. The incident remains under investigation.
Stay with 2 NEWS as this story develops.