The missing 15-year-old from Columbus has been identified as Narayan Darnal.
BUTLER TWP — Rescue crews were back on the Kokosing River this morning looking for a 15-year-old boy missing since he went under the water while swimming yesterday.
The boy was swimming with friends and his father when he went under at approximately 3:28 p.m. Tuesday.
“I did not see him go under,” the boy’s father, speaking in a call to 9-1-1, said. “The boy who was swimming with him said he tried to pull up and he couldn’t. I don’t know where he is in the water.”
The call was placed by another man, as the father did not have a cellphone with him. At least two people were attempting to search for the boy near the shore when the call was placed. The caller handed his phone to the father, who spoke briefly with dispatch before saying he was going to look further up stream.
The boy was wearing a blue swimsuit at the time, according to the 911 call.
The search drew divers and boats from Eastern Knox County Fire District, Fredericktown EMS, Fredericktown Community Fire District and Coshocton County. The search was suspended after about five hours, Knox County Sheriff David Shaffer said in a press release Tuesday.
Shaffer has not responded to phone calls and emails from the News seeking more information.
The search is the second time in one week that emergency responders have been called out to the river in area of Hazel Dell Road. Mark Booth, 40, Mount Vernon, drowned while tubing on the river last Thursday. Rescuers recovered Booth’s body the next day about a mile away.
Safety-related signage is being considered for the area as part of an initiative that pre-dates the two incidents this week, Knox County Park Director Lori Totman said.
“It’s a new initiative with (the Ohio Department of Natural Resources) which we just now set up,” Totman said. “We met just a few weeks ago.”
Totman said she has no comment on the current and former incidents.
Divers on the scene reported the underwater current was three times faster than on the surface.