Accident Database

Report ID# 100013

  • Swim into Strainer
  • PFD Not Worn or Present
  • Does not Apply
  • High Water

Accident Description

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 point.

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 autopsy results.

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. 

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