Coroner called after crews locate man who fell into Great Miami River


News Center 7′s Taylor Robertson observed the Montgomery County Coroner arriving on scene.

UPDATE: 7:30 p.m.

News Center 7′s Taylor Robertson is on scene and observed a boat transporting a body-like figure underneath a white sheet to the shore.

Crews were waiting nearby with a stretcher.

UPDATE: 6:35 p.m.

News Center 7′s, Taylor Robertson spoke with Dayton Fire District Chief Andrew Wiley on the scene who said a total of two people fell in the water.

>>3 hospitalized with knife wounds after reported assault at Clark Co. bar

Wiley said the two people were walking around on an embankment when they slipped and fell into the water.

One person was rescued by a bystander who was paddle boarding, Wiley said.

The other person has not been found yet, but he has been identified as a male.

Wiley said the search will continue until it is dark, but then it will be called off.

He told Robertson that he is confident they will find the man under a nearby bridge where the water begins to shallow.

A different fire chief on scene said the victim is wearing blue shorts and no shirt.

A man who witnessed the incident called 911 after he jumped in the water to search for the male.

“He’s been under for at least a minute already,” the caller said frantically after explaining the situation.

The caller continued and said at least three people were out in the water searching.

While speaking to a 911 dispatcher, he said, “You guys better hurry up, I don’t want to find this kid dead.”

He searched across the river while speaking to the dispatcher and waiting for crews to arrive.

Additionally, the Ohio Department of Natural Resources arrived on scene to help assist, according to scanner traffic.


One person is missing in the Great Miami River, according to a Montgomery County Dispatch Supervisor.

Dayton Fire and Rescue crews and Dayton police were dispatched to the Great Miami River at 4:08 p.m.

>>Government shutdown: House passes short-term spending deal

Crews arrived at 111 E Monument Avenue, which is near the RiverScape MetroPark shortly after, the dispatcher said.

Originally, two people were reported to be missing in the river, but a bystander on a paddle board rescued one of the victims, according to scanner traffic.

The two victims didn’t have a boat or paddle board, they were said to be treading in the water, according to scanner traffic.

News Center 7′s Taylor Robertson is on scene and she sees multiple fire and rescue crews spread across various bridges in the area.

Those bridges include the W Monument Avenue bridge and the Salem Avenue bridge.

She has also observed multiple boats in the water.

Robertson observed the Wright-Patterson Dive Team arriving to assist in the search.

>>Celebration of life held for longtime broadcast veteran Don Brown

Crews on scene are still currently searching for the other person who has been underwater since 4:08 p.m.

Scanner traffic indicates crews will be using sonar to help them find the person.

This is a breaking event and as News Center 7 learns more information, we will update the story.