• Rescuers from the BCD dive team push off from the Caves Campground on the Kokosing River to start the search for a 32-year-old man missing in deep water just below the Honey Run Water Falls Monday afternoon. The river area is just east of Millwood.
  • A first responder looks east, down the Kokosing River, for signs of a missing male last seen in deep water between Honey Run Waterfall and the Caves Campground, just east of Millwood.
  • Marcia Durbin, Eastern Knox County Joint Fire District, and Brian Hess, Knox County Emergency Management director, help Rodney Williamson into his dive suit as he prepares to search the Kokosing River, south of Millwood, for a missing 32-year-old male.

Photos by Virgil Shipley

10:58 p.m.

HOWARD — According to Knox County EMA director, Brian Hess, the search has ended for this evening. The search resumes tomorrow at 9 a.m.

6:28 p.m.

HOWARD — A 32-year-old man is presumed missing in the Kokosing River this afternoon, just below Honey Run Water Fall, east of Millwood.

Four Martinsburg youth swimming in the river heard a call for help from about 200 yards away. Holly Shafer with her twin sister, Hilary, and friends Bryce Stewart and Ty Smith dove in and swam to the spot where the man went down.

Holly said they swam to within 30 yards of where the man was before he disappeared under the water. The group told the News they dove repeatedly in what they estimated to be 12 feet of water, searching for him, but to no avail. The young rescuers said the man was swimming with his daughter who got to shore safely.

The Eastern Knox County Joint Fire District was called to the scene at about 3:40 p.m. and started calling in dive teams from Fredericktown and Warsaw. The Licking County dive team is on standby. They put boats in the water from the Caves Campground. EKCJFD Captain Brian Durbin said the scene of the possible drowning was only a short distance up the river from the campgrounds.

The man’s wife was on the scene but rescuers did not have his name. The Knox County Red Cross is on the scene assisting rescuers.

As of 6 p.m., the man had not yet been located.

5:19 p.m.

HOWARD — The Eastern Knox County Joint Fire District, responded to a call of a possible drowning near the Honey Run Waterfall on Hazel Dell Road.

The Fredericktown Volunteer Fire Department was called in for mutual aid.

According to News Photographer Virgil Shipley, a dive team is in the waters of the Kokosing River, but no other details are currently available.

The call of a possible drowning came in at approximately 3:40 this afternoon.



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