Coroner IDs teen who drowned in East Fork Lake

ODNR: 15-year-old drowns in East Fork Lake on Memorial Day
Published: May. 30, 2022 at 2:59 PM EDT|Updated: May. 31, 2022 at 9:43 AM EDT
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CLERMONT COUNTY, Ohio (WXIX) - The Hamilton County Coroner’s Office has identified the teen that died in East Fork Lake on Memorial Day.

The coroner’s office said 16-year-old Yeiso Laines of Florence, Ky., died.

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources had originally stated the teen was 15, however, the coroner’s office said Laines is 16.

Search crews recovered his body early Monday evening from East Fork Lake following reports of a drowning, according to the ODNR.

The teenager went under the water sometime shortly before 2 p.m. and did not resurface.

“There were some people and some commotion over here on the side, people yelling and a couple of minutes later, EMS showed up, and once EMS got here they created a human chain kind of about 15 people or so out into the water and swept the area along over here,” said witness Joe Click.

ODNR says officers found the body of the swimmer a short time after the drowning occurred.

Many at the lake said it was a group effort to find the teen. One fisherman used a live scope on his boat to help.

A fisherman's near gear found a drowning victim at East Fork Lake. (Source: WXIX)

“I would say just about any fisherman that I’ve ever met at that lake would probably do the exact same thing that I did,” said Bryce House.

House was spending the day boating on East Fork when he returned to the shore and saw people searching the water.

“We immediately jumped in the water and tried to find them, and the rescue team showed up, and they found out I have the live scope on my boat,” he recalled.

The live scope is a fishing tool used to find fish. House says rescuers saw it on his boat and reached out to him about helping.

“It actually shows up like a thermal image, and you can adjust it how deep, and that’s what I kept on doing, just going deeper and shallower as we kept on changing depths, and it just shows a live image of things appearing and moving,” House explained.

House says the live scope is a new addition to the boat, something he just added the night before Memorial Day.

“God speaks in mysterious ways, is the way I look at it,” he said.

East Fork Lake is in Clermont County, about 40 minutes from Cincinnati.

ODNR reminds all swimmers to stay in designated areas at the beach or lake, exercise caution in murky waters, and keep a close eye on children while they are in the water.

You can read more about swimming safety here.

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