PERRYSVILLE – A 16-year-old girl is reported dead, after she attempted to rescue a 14-year-old girl at the Pleasant Hill Dam where individuals were apparently jumping into the spillway, according to Ashland County Chief Deputy Carl Richert.
The body of the 16-year-old girl was found about a mile away, Richert said.
A 16-year-old boy who was fully clothed who walked down the bank to try to help is still unaccounted for, Richert said.
Rescue efforts were in progress Friday night. Dive team members are expected to resume the search at 7 a.m. Saturday, Richert said.
The 14-year-old girl was eventually rescued by Cory Tedrow, a ranger from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, and she was taken to Ashland Samaritan Hospital for treatment, Richert said.
The search was halted before 10 p.m. Friday. A 911 call by other teens at the scene was received at 6:11 p.m., Richert said.
Dive teams and others from the sheriff's offices from Ashland and Richland counties, as well as Ashland and Perrysville fire departments, were on the scene Friday. The incident was called in as involving three people struggling in the water near the dam, which was later closed to lower the water level to help with the search.
The spillway is on the back side of the dam, and the southeast side of the dam is 14 feet deep and 60 feet wide. It runs into the river, Richert said.
No swimming is permitted there, he said.
Richert said that, on Thursday, some teens came to the area and were reportedly jumping in the spillway and that they returned Friday with other friends.
"The back current sucks you back into the spillway. You come to the surface, and it pulls you right back in," he said late Friday night.
The identities of the teens have not been made public.