Male Transported After Being Pinned By Tree In River

  • 6/20/2019 1:18:24 PM
  • Joe Lyons
  • Local News

LOUDONVILLE, OH - A male was transported after being pinned down by a tree in the Clear Fork River on Wednesday.

Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR), Loudonville Fire Department, Loudonville Police Department, and an Ashland County Sheriff's Office Dive Team Lieutenant responded to the Clear Fork River, near Mohican State Park, for a 22-year-old male who became pinned to a tree, or a “strainer” in the water after a tubing Incident.

Ashland County Sheriff's Office Dive Team Lieutenant Scott Smart said, “a 22-year-old male was tubing with two other friends when he and the rope on his tube became entangled into a tree that had fallen in the river.”

“The current is so strong now it will pull you right into a tree or a strainer,” Lieutenant Smart said.

“This was just a store-bought tube with a rope on it,” commented Lieutenant Smart. “I don’t think people realize how dangerous the water is right now.” “With no life jacket on, he is lucky he didn’t drown.” “Being pulled behind the tube was like being pulled behind a boat with the rope tied around your wrist.”“The tree was like a strainer and the current was going so fast and hard down the river that the man and his rope was pulled into the tree so hard that he could not pull away or put his feet down to stand or even touch the bottom."

The temperature of the water was at 50 degrees, according to Lieutenant Smart. The male was in the water for more than thirty minutes, and had to be checked on scene for hypothermia by Loudonville EMS.

The male was transported to University Hospitals Samaritan Medical Center Emergency Department. 

David Roorbach a Public Information Officer for ODNR said, Kurtis Crabtree, 22, of Beaver, Ohio, was tubing with friends on the Clear Fork River near Mohican State Park this afternoon when high, fast-moving currents swept Mr. Crabtree into a tree where he became pinned.

Rescue units were dispatched at 3:33 p.m. and were able to free Mr. Crabtree and clear the scene by approximately 4:15 p.m..

ODNR encourages anyone considering boating or tubing to check with their local parks and watercraft office before heading out on the water, particularly in high and fast-moving conditions, and to use recommended safety equipment, while exercising caution at all times.

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