Man, 22, drowns at Alum Creek State Park


A 22-year-old man drowned Wednesday at Alum Creek State Park, according to Alum Creek State Park officials.

Officials were not releasing the man’s identity Wednesday afternoon because they had not been able to notify the next of kin, but confirmed the man had drowned.

Alum Creek officials said his body was recovered in a cove to the east of Africa Road between Sherman Road and Cheshire Road.

A call came in at 2:41 p.m. to emergency services that indicated a man was submerged in the water at Alum Creek.

Firefighters on the scene said the man had tried to swim across the Alum Creek Reservoir on the east side on Africa Road but couldn’t make it.

Squads from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Berlin Township Fire Department, Tri-Township Fire Department, Genoa Township Fire Department, Delaware County EMS and the Delaware County Sheriff’s Office were all on the scene in various capacities for a water rescue.

Officials were unable to report the exact time the man’s body was recovered from the water but rescue boats became returning to the dock near Cheshire Road about 4:30 p.m.

Authorities had also blocked off the northbound side of Africa Road just north of Cheshire Road.

A small access road on Africa Road served as the command post for the rescue operation and emergency vehicles were parked along the northbound lane of Africa Road

Many private boats were coming and going at the time and frequently stopped to ask what had happened. The rescue had little effect on the number of private boats in Alum Creek.

All the rescue boats were out of the water and the scene had mostly been cleared by 5 p.m.