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Body recovered in Lake Erie of Ohio teen who tried to rescue kids

By Dylan Sams, Ashland Times-Gazette, GateHouse Media Ohio • Updated Jul 9, 2019 at 3:10 PM

HURON — The body of an 18-year-old Ohio man has been recovered after he went missing during an attempt to rescue children struggling in water at a Lake Erie beach.

The body of Alvin Martin, 18, of Ashland, was found Tuesday morning in Lake Erie near the mouth of the Huron River, Huron police Chief Bob Lippert told The Sandusky Register.

Martin was among the people at Nickel Plate Beach on Sunday who tried to rescue children struggling in the water and being pulled out to buoys.

As the fire department arrived, the Huron Police Marine Patrol rescued a 10-year-old boy and a 13-year-old boy, and a 33-year-old woman, the mother to the two children, was rescued by Huron Fire Department personnel, according to the news release.

Six people total were rescued from the water, The Sandusky Register reported. But Martin could not be found.

Seventy-one first responders searched the lake in the air, on the beach and in a first responder human chain for Martin. The search in the water was suspended after three hours because of dangerous weather conditions, according to the news release.

Personnel from Huron police, five area fire departments, the U.S. Coast Guard, the Ohio Division of Watercraft, Erie County Sheriff's Office and the Ohio State Highway Patrol all assisted in the search.

The search through the air and on the shore continued until dusk on Sunday, and took place again on Monday.

A fisherman called the U.S. Coast Guard at about 7:20 a.m. Tuesday to report finding a body near the mouth of the Huron River, Lippert told the Sandusky Register.

A body, tentatively identified as Martin, was discovered by about 50 yards north of the East Pier in Lake Erie by a Huron Fire Department boat, the newspaper reported.

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