Water Rescue Turns To Recovery Effort In Avon Lake

(AVON LAKE) - Official's, initially called for a rescue, have pulled a body from Lake Erie in Avon Lake.

Avon Lake police and fire officials, responded to the Beachdale Association private beach for a 911 call just before 10:30 this morning, reporting two men out on the lake struggling on makeshift inflatable rafts.

Avon Lake Fire Chief Chris Huerner said one of the men made it back to shore "distraught but unharmed", while the other went under and never resurfaced.

Multiple fire and police departments responded as well, along with a U.S. Coast Guard helicopter using sonar to help locate the victim. 

Dive team members were in the water for hours searching for the man, though the water rescue shifted into a recovery effort after roughly 90 minutes.

Chief Huerner added that neither of the men, both in their early-20's, were wearing life vests.

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