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UPDATE: Missing Jet-Skier Identified

DAYTON -- The body of the missing jet-skier who was found around 2:30 p.m. Thursday afternoon has been identified as 53-year-old Douglas Koogler.

Cadaver dogs alerted police to the northwest part of the lake, near where the vacant jet-ski was found Wednesday.

Divers went down to the bottom of the lake (about 15-20 feet deep) and found the body of the missing Dayton man.

Family members identified him and the coroner was called to the scene to remove the body.

Eastwood Lake will re-open shortly.

Tune into ABC 22 News at 6 and Fox 45 News at 6:30 for the latest.



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DAYTON -- For the second time two days, crews are called to a water rescue.  Wednesday afternoon's incident was at Eastwood Lake in Dayton as authorities tried to locate a missing jet skier.

They searched Eastwood Lake for hours, looking for a man believed to have fallen off his jet ski. They called off the search around 9 p.m. They'll resume Thursday morning, but crews say the man is probably dead.

From the land, water and air, crews searched for a 53-year-old Dayton man who went jet skiing at Eastwood Lake and never returned.  Authorities say he wasn't wearing a life jacket.

"The difficulty is we don't know where in the lake this may have occurred. The boat was drifting for several hours, and it's obviously a huge lake," said Metroparks Chief Mark Hess.

The victim's son arrived at the lake around 1:30 p.m., planning to meet up with his dad for some fun in the sun. The jet ski was floating near the water's edge, but his father was no where to be found.

"I would have never thought jet skiing was dangerous because I come here all the time and I see it all the time, so I never would have thought it was dangerous at all," said Danette Zurface, who lives nearby.

"It's very surprising. I've lived here all my life and I don't think I've ever heard of anybody drowning here with jet skiing or something," agreed another neighbor, Amber Srobe.

Authorities searched for hours, but came up empty-handed, which was devastating to the victim's family. As the rescue has now turned into a recovery effort, they're hoping this serves as an eyeopener to everyone who plans to hit the water this summer.

"It's always good to go with a friend, wear a life jacket, know how to jet ski and be familiar with your own jet ski and the safety precautions for that," said Chief Hess.

Crews will resume the search Thursday.  The lake will remain closed until they find the victim.

 
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