Man rescued from Great Miami River after canoe overturns

CROSBY TOWNSHIP, Ohio -- A Hamilton man was rescued from the Great Miami River Friday evening after falling into the water.

Rescue crews rushed to the incident, which happened near the 6800 block of River Road in Crosby Township at about 6:50 p.m., according to Sgt. Mikal Steers of the Hamilton County Sheriff's Office. Responders were told the man had fallen near the Blue Rock Road overpass.

Neil said a canoe carrying two people overturned and dumped a man, Ben Mohr, and woman, Melissa Hardwick, into the water. 

Hardwick, 24, safely swam to shore, but Mohr, 26, was stranded when rescue crews arrived.

Steers said Mohr "was able to cling to a partially submerged tree that was near a bridge pylon for the Blue Rock Rd. overpass."

Crosby Twp. fire crews tried to rescue Mohr by lowering a rope, life vest and portable radio down to him, but the water's swiftness made those efforts difficult. 

Whitewater and Colerain Twp. fire and rescue crews were called to help by using a watercraft. They safely pulled Mohr onto the watercraft just after 8:30 p.m., Steers said.

"The water is cold and the water is fast. Fortunately everybody came out of this okay but it could have had a much different ending," Steers told WCPO reporter Jason Law.

Mohr and Hardwick were evaluated by medics on scene. No serious injuries were found, and they declined further care at a hospital, Steers said.


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