19-year-old Ludlow Falls drowning victim identified

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MIAMI COUNTY, Ohio (WDTN) – The 19-year-old who drowned at Ludlow Falls Thursday has been identified.

The Miami County Sheriff identified the man as Jalen Michael Ward Sheeler of Dayton. The Sheriff’s Office said Sheeler was swimming with two others at Ludlow Falls when the drowning occurred.

Our partners at the Troy Daily News report that someone called 911 around 2 pm in the area of 10 Greenville Avenue and told dispatchers that one of her companions had jumped into the water and failed to resurface.

She and two others had been at the falls for roughly ten minutes when the males climbed to the top of a nearby cliff and jumped off.

The woman told responders that initially, both men surfaced and swam to the far bank. One of them stayed out of the water, while another went back in from a large rock. He reportedly became distressed, went under the water, and failed to resurface.

In an attempt to rescue the man, the other male also became distressed. He was taken to Upper Valley Medical Center, where he was treated and released.

The Ludlow Falls Fire Department responded to the scene, as did their water rescue team, Piqua Fire Department dive team, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base dive team, West Milton Fire Department dive team, Pleasant Hill Rescue Squad, Union Township medics, and the Troy Fire Department responded.

Sheeler’s body was pulled from the water roughly 90 minutes after he went under.

“I would like to emphasize to the public that swimming is strictly prohibited at Ludlow Falls.  Deputies will issue citations for violating Ludlow Falls Village ordinance if found swimming at the Falls.  An undercurrent at the Falls combined with debris at the bottom of the Falls makes swimming there extremely dangerous which could result in serious injury or death,” said Sheriff Duchak.

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