Authorities ID fisherman found dead in Whitewater River

WHITEWATER TOWNSHIP, OH (FOX19) - The fisherman who was found dead in the Whitewater River Sunday afternoon has been identified as a 40-year-old Clifton man.

Allen Godshall and another man were fishing when Godshall drowned just before 1:30 p.m., according to Whitewater Township Fire Chief Scott Schorsch.

The fishermen tried to walk across the river when Godshall became submerged and did not resurface, he said.

Divers and other first responders called to the area for search and rescue efforts gathered on the U.S. 50 bridge between Kilby and Lawrenceburg roads.

Godshall's body was found less than an hour after he vanished, submerged 100 yards down river from where he was last seen above the surface.

Rescue crews brought it to Green Acres Kayak and Canoe. The business had nothing to do with the drowning.

"The water is moving relatively quickly, but it is not swift," Schorsch said.

"But anytime you are dealing with current and walking through a river, you don't know what's underneath the surface of the water - holes, obstacles you can trip on, get hung up on."

The other fisherman was able to cross the river and make it out of the water.

"He is in shock still. Medically, from what I understand, he's OK, just in shock of the situation that happened," Schorsch said.

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