EUCLID, OH (WOIO) - Rescue crews have identified a man who accidentally drowned in Lake Erie off Kenneth Sims Park in Euclid.
On Tuesday around 4:50 p.m., the Euclid Police Department received several 911 calls reporting two swimmers in distress in Lake Erie, near the Sims Park Fishing Pier.
When police arrived, one of the swimmers, identified as 19-year-old Euclid resident Ryan Meyers, was ashore and being attended to by park visitors. The other swimmer, identified as 30-year-old Euclid resident Christopher Hall, was reportedly still in the lake.
Shortly after 6:30 p.m., Hall's submerged body was located approximately 75 feet west from the north end of the fishing pier. Hall was rushed to a nearby hospital, where he was later pronounced dead.
Euclid Police say Hall and Meyers had been fishing off the pier and decided to go for a swim. Hall jumped into the lake off the north end of the pier and after a few minutes, began having trouble swimming. Meyers tried to help Hall, but was unable to because of his own fatigue. Meyers, with the assistance of other park visitors, made it to shore safely.
According to Euclid Police, swimming is not permitted at Sims Park and no-swimming signs are posted.