MIAMI COUNTY, Ohio (WDTN) – A man’s body was recovered from Great Miami River on Wednesday afternoon after he went into the water and failed to resurface Tuesday evening.
Chief Andy Ehrhart with the Bethel Fire Department tells 2 NEWS the search began around 6:40 p.m. on Tuesday after reports of a boat accident just south of State Route 571. Three people fell from a boat in the area and while two were able to reach shore on their own, a man in his early 70s remained missing.
The search began with help from Tipp City, Huber Heights, Butler Township, and Ohio State Highway Patrol crews but by 11 p.m., authorities were forced to suspend search efforts for the night.
The search resumed around 9 a.m. Wednesday with help from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources. The man’s body was found just before 1 p.m.
The Miami County Coroner identified him as Larry Bolden, of Englewood.
Chief Ehrhart described water conditions as “treacherous” following heavy amounts of rain in recent days.
“The river was dangerous at the time, so even an experienced boat operator would’ve had trouble navigating that river,” he said. “We don’t know the full circumstances of the boat overturning, we just know that somehow it did overturn.”
Ehrhart stresses the importance of “knowing your limitations” while on the water, as conditions can change rapidly.
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