Man identified by police after body recovered from Ohio River

Man identified by police after body recovered from Ohio River
Dive teams from Hamilton and Boone counties used sonar in the search, which ended with the tragic discovery about 7:30 p.m. (Source: WXIX)

CINCINNATI (FOX19) - The body of the man recovered from the Ohio River Sunday night has been identified as a 53-year-old man from Liberty Township.

David Fleming, 53, was identified by the Campbell County Police Department as the man who vanished in the water earlier in the day.

Dive teams from Hamilton and Boone counties used sonar in the search, which ended with the discovery of Fleming’s body about 7:50 p.m.

On Sunday, Anderson Township fire officials said a man, later identified as Fleming, was boating with his family when he decided to jump in the Ohio River to cool off and was swept away by the current.

Fleming was not wearing a life vest and was seen struggling in the water, according to Hamilton County emergency dispatches.

Campbell County Police say others threw Fleming a lifeline and even jumped in the water to try to save him, but both attempts were unsuccessful.

Several county emergency crews responded to the scene near Pendery Sports Park, which is just off the Oho River in Campbell County.

Just before 2 p.m., the U.S. Coast Guard put out a call regarding the man, according to Hamilton County dispatchers. The man was not wearing a life vest and was struggling in the water.

Barge traffic on the river was closed, and boaters were diverted to the shore, Anderson Township fire officials said.

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