LIMA — A man who was trying to rescue his dog from the Ottawa River died Sunday.
Lima police said it’s believed the man, who police won’t identify yet, went into the water north of Adgate and Fort Amanda roads around 2:14 p.m.
Another person who was walking with the man pulled the dog out of the water safely.
The Lima Fire Department was dispatched at 2:32 p.m. and put their boat in the river shortly thereafter to try to find him.
“When we get a lot of rain like this — the water levels are higher, the current’s moving faster — those are the times when we typically get water rescue calls like that,” said Lt. Andrew Gorman with the Lima Fire Department.
The American Township Fire Department was also dispatched with their boat further downstream.
The man’s body was found at 3:38 p.m. by the Lima Fire Department boat crew behind the Shawnee Township Fire Department.
Allen County Coroner’s investigator Jamie Sizemore estimates the man traveled a mile to a mile and a half downstream over an hour and 20-minute time frame.
He said the cause of death is an accidental drowning.
Relatives of the man met at the fire station where they were then told of his death.
Family members preferred not to speak with The Lima News when asked, as they were still trying to process the information they just learned.
The Lima Fire Department was on the scene for two hours.
No other information was available late Sunday.
Reach Sam Shriver at 567-242-0409.