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UPDATE: Teen Who Drowned at Metropark Identified
TROTWOOD -- The 17-year-old boy who reportedly drowned while swimming at Madison Lakes has been identified.
According to Trotwood Police, Daniel Davidson of Findlay Street, Dayton, had been swimming with a female friend when at 4:45 p.m. Sunday he apparently became distresses in the water.
The friend tried to help Davidson but was unable to find him after he went under the water.
Rescue crews found Davidson's body about 7:56 p.m. Sunday in about 15 feet of water.
The body was removed to the Montgomery County Coroner's Office for investigation.
"He was acting weird all day. He always tells mom when and where and what time and what number to call him at and this time he didn't. He never lied to mom and this one time he lied to mom and he ended up dead," said Michael Christman who says he can't believe his brother Daniel Davidson drowned Sunday.
"I'm really upset that it happened to my little brother I love Him to death," said Christman.
There are no life guards at the lake; there's no one patrolling this area 24/7. Everything is at your own risk. We did speak with Trotwood Police and they say they patrol this area once or twice a day and they respond to any calls.
"You don't put a lifeguard in a place that people are not supposed to be swimming," Trotwood Police Capt. Porter said.
He says they kick out dozens and dozens of people every summer. They get a warning if they're caught jumping off cliffs or swimming in parts of the lake that have signs warning against it. The next time police give them a citation and they have to appear in court.
We asked Captain Porter, "Does there need to be an officer on duty because of all the activity?"
"There's no way that I could put an officer there full-time and dedicate him there for the whole summer season it's impossible I don't have the resources to do that," he said.
While Captain Porter says it's up to individuals to make smart decisions near the water, Christman says more could be done so this doesn't happen to any other family.
"I think there needs to be more signs or fences in areas that have gravel pits," said Christman. "He was a great swimmer. I've swim with him but I just want to say this that I love Dan and I hope to God that he went to heaven."
Porter says it's been about 10 or 15 years since the last time we had a drowning at the lake.
Davidson would've graduated from Ponitz this year.
Dayton Teen Drowns at Trotwood Park
TROTWOOD -- A 17-year-old teenage male's body has been pulled from the water at Madison Lakes Metropark early three hours after drowning.
Police aren't releasing the identity of the Dayton teen pending family notification.
Crews were called to Madison Lake Parks early Sunday evening for a teen who was swimming across a short channel and went under.
"We just heard someone yelling help! Help!," said Dw'ayne Doughty.
Doughty and her boyfriend were a short distance away when they heard the teen yelling for help.
"I just saw the tips of his hands going under."
She said several people tried to rescue the teenager.
Crews from all over were brought in to find this 17 year old who was swimming across a short channel with a friend In a spot where swimming isn't allowed.
Captain John Porter of Trotwood Police say 33 firefighters responded to the scene to try and rescue the teenager. They also put at least 5 boats in the water and brought in several dive teams.
"This is a typical spot where kids come out to the cliffs on the far side lot and cliff jump," said Porter.
Porter said the body of water is a gravel pit which makes it very dangerous to swim in.
"Water temperature in these gravel puts usually get pretty cold," said Porter.
The body was recovered just before 8 p.m. when crews were about to call off the search.
The coroner was called to the scene to identify the drowning victim.
A name will be released as the mother notifies other family members.
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