Holiday Weekend Boating Accidents Claim Lives Of 2 Northeast Ohioans

AUBURN CENTER, Ohio - Two terrible boating accidents over the weekend claimed the lives of two people, Action News reported.

Byron Pierce, 18, was one of the victims.

Pierce was riding in a canoe that flipped over in Punderson Lake in Geauga County.

Rescue crews got the call at approximately 6:30 p.m. on Monday night. Crews were on the scene within minutes and, with the help of some volunteers, five people were pulled to safety.

Unfortunately, it took them several hours to find the sixth person who was in the canoe -- Pierce.

Investigators said that he was wearing a life jacket, but it didn't fit him properly.

In Clinton, Ohio, the father of a 23-year-old man killed in a weekend boating crash said that he should've stopped the game that he, his son and other boaters were playing on Luna Lake.

Bill Seelbach told the Akron Beacon Journal they weren't drinking, but they were goofing around Sunday evening.

Seelbach said that he was driving one boat and his son was a passenger in another. His son's name was William, but he went by Eric. Seelbach said that one boat would drive toward the other, and then quickly turn to splash the people in the other boat with its wake.

Seelbach said that they were playing the game for about 15 minutes when the two boats collided and his son fell out. His body was found about two-and-a-half hours later.

Seelbach said that his son always loved the water and boating.

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