|Fatal Accident Summaries|
September 7, 2012 - Columbus, Ohio|
Ozark man drowns while swimming in a rock quarry
Columbus police and EMS dive teams have recovered the body of a female swimmer from a quarry on the city's northwest side Friday morning.
Dive team members recovered the body of 25-year-old Brittanie Pederson, who went missing after she went cliff jumping and swimming in the quarry with friends early Friday morning.
Columbus police received a phone call regarding four people jumping off the cliffs in the area of 1480 Runaway Bay Drive at about 1:33 a.m. Friday.
The 911 caller said he heard the voices of at least two males and one female cliff jumping at the quarry. He told the dispatcher that the female "doesn't sound like she wants to do it. They keep trying to insist on it."
When officers arrived they found three males at the quarry on the property. Two of the individuals were in the water and told police they could not find their female friend.
"She had gotten off work and one of her friends she works with wanted to go swimming. She had not been here before, neither of her friends have been here and they started jumping off the cliff and she followed along," said Brittanie's mother, Cheryl Chapman.
Police and EMS dive teams began searching for the woman early Friday morning but the search was postponed until there was daylight.
The investigation is ongoing, and police urged the public to swim with safety in mind, follow all posted signs and never dive near quarries or other dangerous areas.
There are signs near the quarry warning residents not to trespass, swim or cliff dive.
"The water below these cliffs is extremely shallow. You never know what exactly you're diving into. The water is murky and there are no lifeguards present out," said Sgt. Elrico Alli of Columbus police.
Alli said charges of criminal trespassing could be forthcoming.
Source: NBC 4 - Columbus, Ohio