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NEW UPDATE: Indian Lake victim's brother tried to save him

James Lamarr, 75, of Waynesfield, died Wednesday despite the efforts of his brother to aid him, state investigators report.


Indian Lake State Park Manager George Sholtis, back to camera, was one of several emergency personnel to respond Wednesday to a report of a man who entered waters near Lakeview Harbor, but did not resurface. (EXAMINER PHOTO | RICK PITTS)

Mr. Lamarr and his brother, who was not listed in the Ohio Department of Natural Resources incident report, had launched a boat from Lakeview Harbor and experienced engine trouble. Mr. Lamarr entered the water to look at the engine and to install a drain plug.

He was able to put the plug in three-fourths of the way before coming back to the surface. He attempted to swim toward the boat which was drifting away from him. His brother attempted to throw him a rope to rescue him.

The victim then went under water and did not resurface, according to the report.

A rescue effort was initiated after a 911 call around 12:20 p.m.

The victim was pulled from the water and transported to Mary Rutan Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Logan County Coroner Michael Failor said Thursday morning he has not received any preliminary forensic reports from an autopsy conducted at the Montgomery County Coroner's Office.

ODNR’s Division of Watercraft is heading up the investigation.

Indian Lake State Park personnel, Ohio State Highway Patrol troopers and personnel from Lakeview and Russells Point fire departments responded along with the lake’s water rescue team.

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