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Accident Database: Accident #34217

Date: 2018-06-10
Victim: Carl Henkel
Victim Age: 30
River: Sandusky River
Location: near the intersection of County Roads 38 and 33 just north of Tiffin
Water Level: High
River Difficulty: I
Cause Code(s): PFD Not Worn or Present
Injury Type(s): Does not Apply
Factors Code(s): High Water
Age: 30
Private/Commercial: Private
Boat Type: Kayak - Other
Group Info:
Other Victim Names:
Detailed Description:

Local paddler says that the "word is"that

the victim was not using a PFD


Man dies in kayaking accident on river



Man dies after kayak overturns on Sandusky River

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SENECA COUNTY, Ohio (WTVG) - Firefighters say a man is dead after his kayak overturned on the Sandusky River in Seneca County. Tiffin Fire Chief Kevin Veletean says first responders got the call for a capsized kayak around 12:20 Sunday afternoon. At least five fire and rescue departments from southern Seneca County were called in to help.

Veletean says rescue crews spotted an adult man in the fast flowing river near the intersection of County Roads 38 and 33 just north of Tiffin. Three boats were then dispatched into the river and the man was pulled to safety. First responders rushed the man to Mercy Hospital of Tiffin in critical condition where he later died.

Chief Veletean says two other kayakers were on the water with the unidentified man at the time of the accident. The chief tells 13abc the two other kayakers were rescued on shore safety without injury. The Ohio Department of Natural Resources Watercraft Division along with the Seneca County Sheriff’s Office are assisting in the investigation.

Authorities are withholding the victim’s name until his family is notified.


Toledo Blade

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TIFFIN — Authorities have identified the man who died after capsizing his kayak over the weekend.

Tiffin firefighters pulled the body of Carl Henkel, Jr., 30, of Tiffin out of the Sandusky River about 1 p.m. Sunday. He was spotted near County Road 38 and 33, according to the department.

Mr. Henkel was taken to shore and then Mercy Health Tiffin Hospital, where he later died.

Report Status: Reported

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