Athens, Ohio, 6 kayakers swept over Whites Mill water fall, 5 rescued, 1 person still missing

Athens FD Patch

The Athens Fire Department and Police Department were alerted at approximately 2:07 PM, Saturday July 8, 2017 for multiple kayakers in the Hocking River near the Whites Mill water fall at 2 Whites Mill Drive in the City of Athens. Emergency responders discovered that twelve (12) kayakers had been in the Hocking River above the water fall, six (6) were swept over the falls and six (6) were able to make it to the river bank before being swept over the fall.  Six (6) kayakers were swept over the water fall.  Five (5) of those kayakers were either rescued by emergency responders or rescued themselves from the water.

Currently one (1) kayaker is still missing. The Athens Fire Department has started a search operation for the missing kayaker and is being aided by multiple regional emergency agencies in the operation.  Additional information will be released as it becomes available.


About Athens County Emergency Management Agency

Emergency Management Agency is the central point of coordination within the county for response and recovery to disasters. The primary focus of the agency when not in a response or recovery mode is to ensure that the county and citizens residing in it, are prepared to respond to an emergency or disaster and to lead mitigation efforts against the effects of future disasters.
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1 Response to Athens, Ohio, 6 kayakers swept over Whites Mill water fall, 5 rescued, 1 person still missing

  1. Cherry Dixon says:

    we were across the street when it happened we were saddened, and upset for all those involved, the first responders were brave and did all they could do and were still trying to recover one kayaker when I left after 6pm. Many many prayers for those involved. Just no words for that kind of loss, but Thank you to the Emergency Workers you are appreciated.

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