Hamilton man drowns in Lake Cumberland

Travis Martin, 27, a Stebbins graduate, was walking between two houseboats around 1:30 a.m. Saturday at Lake Cumberland, when witnesses said he fell into the water and never resurfaced. His body was recovered around 6:30 a.m. by the Wayne County Rescue Squad, according to the Wayne County, Ky., Coroner’s Office.

The coroner’s office was notified of a drowning that had occurred in the Harmon Creek area of Lake Cumberland. Deputy Coroner Anthony Vaughn was dispatched to the Attrahunt boat ramp where Martin’s death was pronounced shortly after.

Other agencies involved were the Wayne County Sheriff’s Office, Wayne County Rescue Squad, Kentucky Fish & Wildlife, and the Kentucky State Police.

Martin was vacationing at the lake with his wife, family and friends, the coroner’s office said.

One of those friends, Rob Burgess, 28, said he has known Martin for most of his life and they graduated from Stebbins High School in 2007. After high school, Martin graduated from the University of Cincinnati with a degree in electrical engineering and he worked at GE Aviation in Vandalia.

Burgess, who was with Martin at Cumberland, said he was “shocked” his friend never resurfaced and “disappointed” he couldn’t help more.

Burgess said he will miss Martin’s outgoing personality and the way he drew his friends together. One of Martin’s mottoes was “Everybody love everybody,” Burgess said. On Tuesday night, Burgess got a tattoo with a cross and that phrase, he said.

Burgess said Martin had lived in Riverside because he came from a military family that worked at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base.

His visitation is set for 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Newcomer Funeral Home & Crematory, 3380 Dayton-Xenia Road, Beavercreek. Funeral services are set for 10 a.m. Thursday at Christian Life Center, 1321 Research Park Drive, Beavercreek.

Martin was born in Misawa, Japan, on Feb. 28, 1989, to Carter and Gale Martin. He was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents; John and Ruth Hansen.

In addition to his parents, Travis is survived by his wife, Julie; sisters: Katrina and Jennifer Martin; paternal grandparents, Jay and Bernice Martin; and numerous other relatives and friends.

Donations may be made in Travis’ memory to Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center or Shriners Hospital for Children- Cincinnati.

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