This was a rented livery rec-style kayak. She was travelling with three other renters. A PFD was found at the site, not sure if it was worn or carried. Probably would not have saved her from the strainer.
The investigation is still ongoing, but: She
had a PFD attached to her boat when they found the boat, so she was not wearing
a PFD when she was found. Her boat was in a bad strainer and she was found just
downstream in another strainer. She had been kayaking before. The incident took
place just after the last takeout for the livery service for that weekend due
to the strainers downstream. It appears she just paddled right by the takeout
Springboro woman drowned in kayak accident
May 26, 2020
By Lawrence Budd, Staff Writer, Dayton Daily News
SPRINGBORO — A 55-year-old Springboro woman drowned over
the holiday weekend while kayaking in Twin Creek, according to preliminary
The body of Kathleen M. Lewis, 55, of
Springboro was found Monday by an Ohio Department of Natural Resources search
team.While awaiting a toxicology report, the autopsy Tuesday confirmed Lewis
was a drowning victim, according to Doyle Burke, chief investigator for the Warren
County Coroner’s Office. There were no other significant injuries, Burke added.
Lewis was reported missing about 2 p.m.
Sunday, and her body recovered about 3:50 p.m. Monday, Burke said. She wasn’t
wearing a life jacket when she put in off Chamberlain Road and was discovered
the next day in the creek near the 3800 block of Morningstar Road in Franklin
Twp., Burke said today.The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR),
Franklin Township Fire Department, Joint Emergency Medical Services, and
Christian Aid Ministries - Ohio Search and Rescue assisted in the recovery. ODNR
indicated Lewis’ kayak hit a tree and capsized.