Man dies trying to rescue his dog


Lima police are investigating

By Sam Shriver - sshriver@limanews.com



Rescue officials search the Ottawa River for a man who went in after his dog Sunday afternoon. The man was found deceased after a search of the river, which was faster moving than usual because of recent rains.

Rescue officials search the Ottawa River for a man who went in after his dog Sunday afternoon. The man was found deceased after a search of the river, which was faster moving than usual because of recent rains.


Richard Parrish | The Lima News

Several agencies, including Shawnee, Lima and American Township, searched for a man who went in the Ottawa River after his dog on Sunday afternoon.

Several agencies, including Shawnee, Lima and American Township, searched for a man who went in the Ottawa River after his dog on Sunday afternoon.


Richard Parrish | The Lima News

A man who went in the Ottawa River after his dog on Sunday afternoon was later found deceased.


Richard Parrish | The Lima News

Lima Fire and Shawnee Fire Department search for a man who went in the Ottawa River after his dog on Sunday afternoon.


Richard Parrish | The Lima News

The Lima Fire Department was among the agencies who helped search the river.


Richard Parrish | The Lima News

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.

Rescue officials search the Ottawa River for a man who went in after his dog Sunday afternoon. The man was found deceased after a search of the river, which was faster moving than usual because of recent rains.
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2019/04/web1_Man-in-River-RP009-1.jpgRescue officials search the Ottawa River for a man who went in after his dog Sunday afternoon. The man was found deceased after a search of the river, which was faster moving than usual because of recent rains. Richard Parrish | The Lima News
Several agencies, including Shawnee, Lima and American Township, searched for a man who went in the Ottawa River after his dog on Sunday afternoon.
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2019/04/web1_Man-in-River-RP005-1.jpgSeveral agencies, including Shawnee, Lima and American Township, searched for a man who went in the Ottawa River after his dog on Sunday afternoon. Richard Parrish | The Lima News
A man who went in the Ottawa River after his dog on Sunday afternoon was later found deceased.
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2019/04/web1_Man-in-River-RP001-1.jpgA man who went in the Ottawa River after his dog on Sunday afternoon was later found deceased. Richard Parrish | The Lima News
Lima Fire and Shawnee Fire Department search for a man who went in the Ottawa River after his dog on Sunday afternoon.
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2019/04/web1_Man-in-River-RP003-1.jpgLima Fire and Shawnee Fire Department search for a man who went in the Ottawa River after his dog on Sunday afternoon. Richard Parrish | The Lima News
The Lima Fire Department was among the agencies who helped search the river.
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2019/04/web1_Man-in-River-RP006-1.jpgThe Lima Fire Department was among the agencies who helped search the river. Richard Parrish | The Lima News
Lima police are investigating

By Sam Shriver

sshriver@limanews.com

Reach Sam Shriver at 567-242-0409.

Reach Sam Shriver at 567-242-0409.

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