CLARK COUNTY — Two Dayton men were identified as the victims who died after a water rescue incident at a private lake in Clark County Sunday.
Nickolas Boling, 29, of Dayton, was identified as one of the victims who died, a Clark County Coroner’s Office investigator confirmed to News Center 7 Tuesday. Boling’s preliminary cause and manner of death have not been determined however an autopsy has been completed, the investigator said.
Previously, firefighters said a 29-year-old man was in cardiac arrest after being rescued however he was pronounced dead at the scene.
Sean Boling, 30, of Dayton, was identified as the second victim who died, a Montgomery County Coroner’s Office investigator confirmed. His preliminary cause and manner of death have also not been determined.
Clark County Sheriff Deborah Burchett confirmed the second victim was taken to an area hospital where they later died around 11 p.m. Sunday.
A 7-year-old child was rescued after the boat capsized and was last reported to be in stable condition. The child has since been treated and released from an area hospital, a Clark County Sheriff’s Office spokesperson said in a media release Wednesday afternoon.
A Clark County Sheriff’s Office deputy, identified as Vaugh Apel, was also hospitalized for exhaustion after he went into the water to rescue the child still struggling.
Crews were called to people needing rescuing after a boat capsized in the private pond in the 10000 block of Schiller Road around 4:40 p.m. Sunday.
When crews arrived on scene they saw multiple people in the water including a younger child struggling to remain above water.
Rescue crews were able to pull two adult males and a child from the water. Investigators later said that life jackets were not worn.
“It doesn’t matter if it’s an ocean, or one of our lakes or creeks or your local pond, wearing a life jacket is what’s going to save your life,” Jacob King, Bethel Township Fire Chief said.
“We beg you to wear your life jackets,” King added.
A medical helicopter was called to scene but did not make a transport, according to King.
Multiple agencies assisted on the scene, including a dive team from Wright-Patterson Air Force Base.
We’ll continue to update this story as we learn more.
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