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.