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Stay Out Stay Alive Fatal Accident Summaries
for 2007


June 9, 2007

The body of a 24-year-old man was found in a Shalersville sand quarry by area rescue teams Friday.

After a search that lasted nearly 12 hours, the man was recovered from 14 feet of water at 1 p.m. and taken to Robinson Memorial Hospital in Ravenna where he was pronounced dead.

A 911 call was made indicating that a boat had turned over and that Nicadra was missing, according to the Portage County Water Rescue Coordinator Scott Simmons.

The incident occurred at a sand quarry located at 9551 Elliman Road, Shalersville, behind the Associated Ready-Mix Concrete plant.

The Mantua-Shalersville Fire Department was the first on the scene and coordinated the seven department search. By the time rescue teams arrived, it had been more than an hour since the boat had tipped, according to information from the emergency call.

"Anytime that much time passes, it makes it a recovery mission instead of a rescue mission," Simmons said. "Last night we did a perimeter search of the area. We started back on the water at 8:30 this morning."

Fire departments from Mantua-Shalersville, Aurora, Kent, Ravenna and Streetsboro were joined by the Portage County Emergency Management Agency and the Southeast Emergency Response Team of Cuyahoga County.

Sonar equipment provided by SERT was used to locate the body, Simmons said.

Once the sonar technicians determined where to dive, divers from Streetsboro and Ravenna began the underwater search.

(Source, Ravenna (OH) Record-Courier)