A teen-aged boy died June 10 at Hoover Reservoir in Delaware County, drowning after jumping off a cliff.
“What we can tell you is that a group of kids were cliff jumping, and when he jumped in, he struggled in the strong current,” said Genoa Township Police Department Lieutenant Rich Lyon on social media. “The male is 16 years old so we will not be releasing his name.”
The department said earlier, “police and fire responded to the area of Hoover Reservoir off of Sunbury Road on a water rescue. The dive team was able to recover a male, unknown age, and transport him to the hospital. At this time his condition does not look good.”
Before medics arrived at about 8 p.m., friends and a passerby attempted to help. The boy was transported to Mount Carmel St. Ann’s in Westerville.
Swimming is prohibited in reservoirs owned by Columbus, such as Hoover. Police and park rangers have ticketed some teens or given them warnings. A no swimming sign had been posted in the area, but torn down.
Water depth in Hoover typically ranges from 10 to 60 feet. Neighbors in the 5500 block of Sunbury Road have said the cliff in question is 20 feet high, and the water is 38 feet deep.
This is the second time in the last couple weeks the Genoa Police have been involved in a water rescue. They assisted in the search for a missing kayaker at Alum Creek Lake on May 30. The body of Shawn Leasure, 40, of Marietta was recovered in water that had a drop from about 6 feet to 20 feet deep.