Diviak died of his injuries.
A woman who’s been coming to Buck Creek State Park for nearly a decade said Sunday it’s unusual to hear about multiple incidents in the same year.
In the eight years Gayle Sarff has been coming to the park, she said there’s typically only one incident a year.“It’s very unusual to have two in one year,” said said.“I heard a bunch of sirens and I didn’t think anything of it until I saw a medical helicopter come this way,” Sarff said.
She said the scene was similar to two weeks ago when Diviak was found unresponsive.
Though he was wearing a life jacket, Sarff said it’s not common to see anyone younger than 16 wear one.
“People aren’t paying attention,” she said. “You never know what’s going to happen out there on the water.”
There were 18 fatalities on Ohio waterways last year, the second highest in the last four years, according to ODNR.
ODNR Natural Resource Officer Shaun Lentini said a common cause of boating accidents specifically relates to people sitting or standing on parts of a boat they shouldn’t be — like riding on the bow of the boat.
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Lentini said in addition to implementing practical safety approaches, a little bit of good judgment goes a long way.
“Use common sense, keep a good lookout, keep the speed low,” he said.
ODNR officials say that is the most important thing you can do while out on the water — but there’s a little more to it than just that.
“The life jacket needs to be designed for that purpose,” said ODNR Natural Resource Officer Shaun Lentini. “It’s coast guard approved. It’ll list the activities that the life jacket is approved for.”