UPDATE: Crews recover body of Great Miami drowning victim

Crews search the Great Miami River on Wednesday
Crews search the Great Miami River on Wednesday

HAMILTON, OH (FOX19) - The body of a drowning victim in the Great Miami River has been recovered.

Butler County Sheriff Richard Jones tweeted Thursday morning that the body of Donald Chestnut, 22, of Hamilton, was pulled from the river.

Chestnut disappeared Tuesday evening while wading with three of his friends in shallow water south of the Hamilton Wastewater Treatment Plant. The slope of the river bed drastically dropped to 7 feet, trapping Chestnut.

Four people went under the water, everyone but Chestnut returned to the surface. Officials say his body was located in the water approximately 300 yards south of where he was last seen.

Jones tweeted that Chestnut's death was the "tragic result of walk in dangerous river. "

"We preach every year, that this is not a swimming pool, it's not a playground, this is a dangerous body of water," said Lt. Mike Craft with the Butler County Sheriff's Office.

Family members say they wanted Donnie's body recovered to give the family closure.

"I am hoping they are looking, and I hope they find him on the bank," said Angie Hibbard, Donnie's aunt..

"On one hand, I am happy that the recovery effort may help to bring some closure to the family, but at the same time I am saddened that what might have seemed to be a simple walk in the river has had such tragic consequences," said Jones.

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