Boat capsized, one person dead at Hueston Woods State Park

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The man who died after a boat capsized at Hueston Woods State Park Tuesday has been identified as Jerald Parlett, 65, of Miamisburg, according to the Preble County Sheriff’s Office.

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Parlett and another man were in the boat when it capsized, sending both into the water, Sheriff Mike Simpson said in a media release Wednesday. 

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Investigators believe Parlett might have suffered a medical emergency when he went into the water and became unresponsive, Simpson said. He was pronounced dead at the scene. 

Neither Parlett, nor the other man in the boat were wearing life vests but they both had access to them in the boat, investigators said. 

When Parlett and the other boater went into the water, two nearby fishermen went to help and were able to pull both men into their boat, Simpson said. 

“The two local fishermen who assisted Parlett and his friend clearly prevented this incident from becoming a double tragedy,” Simpson said in the release. “Without their quick action to get both men from the water and to the shore, I’m afraid we may have had a second death in this case.”

An autopsy is scheduled to be completed by the Montgomery County Coroner’s Office today. The incident remains under investigation by the Preble County Sheriff’s Office. 

UPDATE @1:40 p.m. (April 9):

One person died after a boat capsized at Hueston Woods State Park Tuesday afternoon.

Officials said two people were in the boat when it capsized. Another boat was nearby, and the two were pulled quickly onto that boat and taken back to the marina.

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Preble County Sheriff Mike Simpson said it’s unknown if the victim drowned or if he died from a medical issue. An autopsy will be performed to determine his cause of death.

The Preble County Sheriff’s Office is investigating, and the report will be handed over to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources.

This story will be updated as we learn additional information.

FIRST REPORT

Rescuers at Hueston Woods State Park have pulled a boater from the water whose watercraft was reported to have capsized Tuesday.

According to Butler County dispatchers, the rescue was handled by state park rangers at the park’s Acton Lake, north of Oxford.

The lake in western Butler County is a popular sailing location.

 

Police scanner dispatches had the reporting of the boating accident at approximately 12:10 p.m.

Emergency crews are still on the scene, said the dispatchers.

We have a crew on the way and will update this story.

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