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Port Clinton Police: Cleveland man dead after falling into water at Jet Express dock

A witness says 66-year-old Kevin O'Boyle slipped through the catwalk and fell into the water early Sunday morning.
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PORT CLINTON, Ohio — Police in Port Clinton are investigating the death of a Cleveland man that happened near the Jet Express dock in the early morning hours of Sunday. 

Just before 1:00 a.m., authorites say 66-year-old Kevin O'Boyle fell into the water as the Jet Express was in the process of docking. As people were exiting the boat, there was commotion near the ramp. Witnesses told police that someone fell into the water and a body was spotted floating approximately 40-50 yards off the shoreline in the river. 

One of the witnesses told investigators, as well as 3News, that victim slipped through through the catwalk. 

An Ottawa County Sheriff's deputy jumped into the river and swam towards O'Boyle. The two were pulled out of the water by a police boat and O'Boyle was given CPR before being transported to Magruder Hospital Emergency Room.

According to the police report, O'Boyle had a large gash on top of his head from front to back when he was pulled out of the water. Investigators believe he may have struck his head on the hull of the ship when he fell. 

The U.S. Coast Guard and the Ohio Department of Natural Resources are aiding in the investigation. If you have any information about this incident, please call the Port Clinton Police Department at 419-734-3121.

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