***Editor’s Note: The initial report from the Coast Guard stated that three people were recovered unresponsive. They later learned that only one person was recovered unresponsive.***
CLEVELAND (WJW) – One person died after first responders pulled them from Lake Erie during a water rescue Wednesday evening.
The Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner’s Office on Thursday identified the woman as 24-year-old Renaja Johnson of Cleveland. Her cause of death has not been released.
According to the Cleveland Metroparks, police and firefighters responded to the East 55th Street Marina for three people in the water.
Investigators say two bystanders initially went in to help a female.
Once crews arrived, first responders recovered Johnson, who was unresponsive, and took her to the hospital. She was later pronounced dead.
One of the bystanders got out on their own, while the other needed help from first responders and suffered minor injures.
The Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner’s Office is investigating.