One dead, crews searching for second victim in Marion drowning

MARION, OH (WCMH) — One person was pronounced dead Monday and emergency crews continue to search for a second victim after a drowning in Marion.

According to the Green Camp Fire Department, emergency crews were called to the Prospect-Upper Sandusky Spillway near Johnson and Prospect-Upper Sandusky roads on a report of a drowning.

Family members say the two men, both from Marion, were kayaking in the Scioto River, south of Marion near Green Camp.

Marion County Sheriff Tim Bailey says the two men apparently tried to put their kayaks in near a low-head dam on the Scioto River. “They were avid kayakers and came out here on a nice day just to go out on the river and have fun and it turned out to be a tragedy,” Bailey said.

The body of 29-year-old Tyler Webb was recovered Monday evening. Rescue crews were using boats, dogs, a drone, an airplane and other techniques Tuesday as they continued the search for the other man, 28-year-old Ray Williams.

Family members say Webb and Williams were lifelong friends.

Low head dams are notoriously dangerous, churning anyone and anything that gets caught up in it.

The water level in the river is high now because of recent rains. That is complicating the search and preventing crews from getting too close to the dam.

They found Williams kayak and life jacket about 600 yards downstream to speculation that he may have jumped in to try to save his friend. “You could go with the theory that one of them got into trouble and the other jumped in to help him and they got caught in the hydraulics and unfortunately it’s a death machine,” Sheriff Bailey said.

The sheriff said the search would continue into the evening Tuesday.

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