Coroner identifies man who drowned in Colerain Township pond

Dive team called to Colerain Township pond after man falls in
Published: Feb. 14, 2023 at 9:17 PM EST|Updated: Feb. 15, 2023 at 8:26 AM EST
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COLERAIN TOWNSHIP, Ohio (WXIX) - A man is dead after drowning in a Colerain Township pond Tuesday evening, according to the Colerain Township Fire Department.

The Hamilton County Coroner has identified the victim as 24-year-old Wilmer Noe Perez-Lopez.

First responders were dispatched to the 11000 block of Stone Mill Road at around 6:13 p.m. for a possible drowning, Chief M. Allen Walls said.

Reports said that a man had fallen out of his canoe and had not been seen since.

An off-duty firefighter who lived nearby heard the commotion and saw the person in the water.

The firefighter immediately ran to the pond to try and save the man, Wells said, but when he was about 5 feet away the man went under.

A dive team arrived on the scene and began searching the pond. A request for Hamilton County Task Force 1 was also made.

Divers were able to locate the man around 11:16 p.m. using sonar, Walls said. At that point, the 24-year-old had been underwater for several hours.

The Hamilton County Coroner confirmed the man did not survive.

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