The search for a 53-year-old man, believed to have fallen off a Jet Ski at Eastwood Lake on Wednesday afternoon, will resume Thursday morning.
“We have no idea where to even begin to look,” Mark Hess, Five Rivers Metro Parks chief of rangers, said as a search team ended about six hours of combing the body of water on Harshman Road.
Dayton fire crews, along with police and water rescue units from neighboring jurisdictions, were dispatched to the lake at about 4 p.m. on a report of a missing jet skier.
According to a preliminary investigation, a man was supposed to meet his father to take two Jet Skis on the water. Crews found the truck they believe belongs to the missing man and a trailer that still had one Jet Ski on it. The other Jet Ski was in the water and had drifted toward the shore, on the other side of the lake from where the truck was parked.
“The Jet Ski had drifted because there was nobody on it,” Hess said. “It’s not as though somebody saw him fall off. We’re assuming he was on the Jet Ski.”
Thursday’s search was halted shortly after 9 p.m.
The park will be closed to the public on Thursday, Hess said, and will remain closed until the body is found.
The Ohio Department of Natural Resources will pick up the search in the morning, while MetroParks rangers and members of the Dayton-based Box 21 Rescue Unit will take up the search in the afternoon.
“There is nothing to indicate he was wearing a vest,” Hess said about the missing man, noting the vest was found in the truck.
The lake at its deepest is about 35 feet, he said.
“Family members are hopeful, but a litle bit realistic,” said Hess, who did not identify the man by name. “It’s just not a pleasant situation. They are coping well.”