Police: Drowning victim recovered in Springfield Lake

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SPRINGFIELD TWP., Ohio — A body was recovered just before noon in the search for a swimmer who went under the water in Springfield Lake Tuesday, according to authorities.

According to Sgt. Eric East with the Springfield Township Police Department, the missing swimmer was Camden Cole, 16.

“I would like to express our support to the Cole family,” East said earlier in the day. “The prayers of the entire community go out to them and all of those touched by this tragedy.”

Investigators said Cole and his teen cousin were attempting to swim to a buoy about 500 feet from shore around 7:30 p.m. Tuesday when Cole became distressed.

They both shouted for help.  Cole’s companion swimmer attempted to keep him afloat, but it became too much.

Cole was last seen several hundred feet from the northwest shoreline. His family described him as a strong swimmer.

A search was called off late Tuesday because of darkness, diver fatigue and lightning, but resumed Wednesday morning.

Five boats with sonar technology were scanning the area with divers assisting.

The lake is relatively shallow in many parts but drops off to 28 feet in others.

No lifeguards are stationed at the lake so swimming in public areas is not allowed.  However, investigators said Cole did not break any rules since they believe he entered the lake from private property.

Cole was a student at Springfield High School. The school will have grief counseling available to anyone in the community who may be interested. Counseling will be available Wednesday at 5 p.m. at the Lakeview Lighthouse Church, 1065 Kubler Trail, Akron.

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