Investigation underway into Portage Lakes State Park drowning


SUMMIT COUNTY, Ohio (WJW) – The Summit County Medical Examiner and the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) is investigating the drowning of a 30-year-old male.

According to a press release, the victim, identified by ODNR as Cory N. Jones of Orrville, was swimming Tuesday at Portage Lakes State Park Beach when he went under and did not resurface.

The Summit County Dive Team found the victim within 25 minutes of the initial call, according to the Summit County Medical Examiner’s Office and the New Franklin Police Department.

Jones died at the hospital.

ODNR released a reminder to visitors at all state parks “to be aware of local conditions, such as high or swift-moving water that can pose additional safety risks, to carefully follow safety instructions from park officials and take note of posted advisory signs. Young or less experienced swimmers should consider using a personal flotation device, such as a life jacket, to improve safety while in the water.”

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