Father drowns while swimming with his children in Berea


*Editor’s note: The video above is previous coverage on this story. The victim has not been identified as was previously reported.

BEREA, Ohio (WJW)– A father was pulled from Wallace Lake in the Cleveland Metroparks in Berea Monday evening.

The dad drowned and two of his children are in the hospital.

He was attempting to swim with six of his children in a non-designated area of the lake, Cleveland Metroparks Police Chief Katherine Dolan said.

Four of the children got out on their own, but the man, a boy and a girl went under the water at about 6 p.m.

Cleveland Metroparks police and Berea police removed the girl from the lake just before 7 p.m. The other two were found about 25 minutes later.

All three were taken to Southwest General Health Center. The conditions of the children were not known early Tuesday morning.

“This is tough. It’s a tragedy and it’s very unfortunate,” Dolan said.

“You want to make sure you are watching your kids if they can’t swim or you can’t swim you need to take precautions and be in designated swim areas where there are lifeguards on duty,” she said.

The family’s pastor, Igor Vitruk, who was at the scene, said the family has eight children. He said they attend every service.

“When I heard this I just started to pray, started to cry,” Vitruk said. “I just love this family. A very nice family.”

“Be careful when you’re going to the lake. Watch out. Take care of your family. Stay away from any dangers,” he said.

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