June 20, 2013
INDIAN LAKE — A 75-year-old from Waynesfield was identified Thursday as the man who drowned Wednesday while trying to fix his boat on Indian Lake.
James A. Lamarr was pleasure boating in his 21-foot long boat with his brother when they had engine problems. Lamarr lifted the hatch to the engine and noticed the drain plug was not installed, the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, division of watercraft reported.
Lamarr entered the water to try to install he drain plug. He was able to get the drain plug partially installed in his attempt, the agency reported, but his boat began drifting away and he attempted to swim toward it.
Lamarr’s brother tried to toss a rope to him to rescue him but was unsuccessful, the agency reported.
“Mr. Lamarr went subsurface of the water and never resurfaced,” according to the agency’s incident report.
The incident occurred at 12:30 p.m. Lamarr’s brother called 911 after he was unable to rescue his brother. Lamarr’s body was pulled from the water, the agency reported, and he was taken to a hospital in Bellefontaine where he was pronounced dead.
The incident remains under investigation and no further details are being released. Lamarr's body is scheduled for autopsy.