Man drowns at Mosquito Lake

BAZETTA — The Ohio Department of Natural Resources is investigating a drowning Sunday evening near the Mosquito Lake State Park beach.

Bazetta fire safety crews, ODNR and Mosquito Lake marine patrol were called out about 6:15 p.m. to the swimming area after learning a man was drowning. A Trumbull County 911 report states people were trying to find and get the man out of the water. Reports showed a second person almost drowned trying to save the man.

Eric Heis, spokesman for ODNR, said he spoke to park officers who told him people on the beach saw one man in trouble in the water, and a second person went in to help and also got in trouble.

Heis said the first man was pronounced dead at St. Joseph Warren Hospital. Heis said a second man was listed in stable condition and was to be released later Sunday. No identifications were available.

A Bazetta Fire Department spokesman said three people, all males, were transported to the hospital, two for water-related issues, and one, for non-water but medical reasons. Reports state two females — one adult and one teen — got one of the victims out of the water.

When safety crews arrived, a large group of people was seen in the area of the swingsets not far from the beach where a victim was unconscious, 911 reports state.

There are no lifeguards on duty at the park.

The victims were taken to Trumbull Regional Medical Center and one later taken to St. Joseph Warren Hospital where he died.

A fire department spokesman said Bazetta crews were also assisting several people with heat-related issues at the Trumbull County fairgrounds throughout the day. Temperatures on Sunday reached into the lower 90s.

bcoupland@tribtoday.com

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