2 Lake Erie Swimmers Go Under - Cleveland 19 News Cleveland, OH

2 Lake Erie Swimmers Go Under

LORAIN, Ohio (AP) - One man drowned while swimming with his family in Lake Erie, and the Coast Guard stopped searching for a second man who disappeared in the lake over the weekend.

A 21-year-old Lorain man went under Sunday off the coast of Century Beach near Lorain, U.S. Coast Guard officials said. He was pronounced dead shortly after 6 p.m. at Lorain Community Hospital, a nursing supervisor said. His identity was being withheld until family members were notified.

Lorain Deputy Coroner Eric Lockhart said the man was swimming behind his father and started calling for help. His father pulled him ashore and tried to revive him before paramedics arrived, Lockhart said.

On Saturday, William DeWolff, 53, of Warren, Mich., was last seen about 8:30 p.m., swimming with three other people about 50 feet from the 32-foot long pleasure boat, said Coast Guard spokeswoman Erin Randel.

"He swam underneath the water and he did not resurface," Lt. Cmdr. Jim Weakley said.

A helicopter and four boats searched for DeWolff until 2:30 a.m. Sunday. A small plane resumed that effort from about 8 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Sunday, but the man wasn't found. The Coast Guard said the search would be resumed but didn't know when.

When DeWolff disappeared, the other swimmers got on the boat, anchored and called the Coast Guard for help, Randel said.

They were swimming north of West Sister Island near Marblehead, about 55 miles west of Cleveland.

Four men drowned earlier this month in 5-foot waves while trying to rescue a friend struggling in the water at a Lake Erie beach in Huron.

(Copyright 2002 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

Powered by Frankly