REEDSVILLE — A 54-year-old man has died after being rescued early Friday morning at Forked Run State Park Beach, according to an email from Matt Eiselstein, deputy chief of communications at the Ohio Department of Natural Resources.
According to the email, at approximately 11:20 p.m. Ohio State Parks Officers at Forked Run State Park were notified of a possible drowning in the area. Initial reports indicated the man went under the water and did not resurface.
He was transported by Meigs County EMS to Camden-Clark Medical Center in Parkersburg, W.Va., where he was pronounced dead at 1:05 p.m. The man’s name is not being released at this time pending notification of his family.
Meigs County Sheriff Keith Wood said his office assisted in the rescue of the man. Wood said his office received a call at approximately 11:30 p.m. from Meigs County EMS. Two sheriff’s deputies went to assist EMS with the recovery of the man’s body from the water. CPR was used, and initially the man showed signs of life, Wood said.
The last case of a drowning death at Fort Run State Park occurred June 14, 2007, when Franklin Lee Sutherland, 30, went swimming with a group of friends around 6 p.m. The group decided to attempt a swim across the lake beyond the designated area when Sutherland became tired and went under the surface. His friends attempted to hold him up but were unable to and he drowned.
The body was retrieved at a later time by divers and was examined by Meigs County Coroner Douglas Hunter at the scene. Preliminary reports indicated that the cause of Sutherland’s death was drowning. As in the case of the recently-deceased male, Forked Run State Park remained open to visitors after the incident.
No further information was available as of press time.