Dayton shooting suspect latest example of recent river rescue attempts

At least two area youths have died involving accidents on area rivers in the past year despite efforts of emergency crews. JIMNOELKER/STAFF

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At least two area youths have died involving accidents on area rivers in the past year despite efforts of emergency crews. JIMNOELKER/STAFF

Rescuers pulled a man from the Great Miami River on Sunday morning, the latest in water searches seeking to save those stranded in area waterways.

The man was pulled from the Great Miami after a police chase in which Dayton officers pursued the suspect after they said he fired shots at them during a traffic stop in the Five Oaks neighborhood.

Part of Riverview Avenue and Belmonte Park North was closed while officers assisted in helping the suspect – whose name has not been released — out of his vehicle in the river.

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Here are four attempts – some of which ended in fatalities – of area river searches in the past year:

-July 18, 2017: Thirteen-year-old Lilly May drowned. Fire/rescue crews were dispatched about 10 p.m. to Treasure Island between North Elm Street and the Great Miami River in Troy. A medic unit performed CPR on May after she was pulled from river and as she was being taken to a hospital. She was pronounced dead a short time later.

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-July 4, 2017: Two men are uninjured after both were caught in the current of the Great Miami River while canoeing about 4 p.m. near Ohio 571 in Tipp City. After one of the men fell from the canoe, the other jumped into the water in a rescue attempt, according to Lt. Mike Arnold with the Bethel Twp. Fire Department.

-June 21, 2017: The body of D'James Moore was found about 1 p.m., ending a search of the Little Miami River in Sugarcreek Twp. that began about 8 p.m. the night before.

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“They found him and now we have closure,” Michelle Winston said of her 17-year-old nephew, who presumably drowned after witnesses said he tried to walk across the river.

James was found 15 to 20 yards from where he was last seen. His friends said he joined a group of at least 15 at a rope swing, then walked into the river.

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-May 26, 2017: Dayton crews rescued two kayakers from the Stillwater River. Four kayakers were ejected in total with two reaching land safely and two requiring assistance, according to the Dayton Fire Department.

Fire officials were able to rescue both kayakers within an hour, and no injuries were reported. Crews were dispatched to the 1300 block of Siebenthaler after the pair lost control of their kayaks and were tossed into the river, then needed assistance, authorities said.

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