Reports of Public Safety Incidents in the News: 2021

Incidents: 3
Deaths: 7
Missing: 0
Injuries: 1


In order of most recent:

Oklahoma: Man drowns in Lake Overholser after Oklahoma City police officer dives into choppy water in full uniform to rescue him. KFOR-TV. 4/9/2021.
Quote: "A man drowned in Lake Overholser Friday evening after Oklahoma City emergency responders attempted to rescue him from choppy water. Firefighters were able to rescue [a police officer who attempted to rescue him], but could not rescue the man, who then went over the lake’s dam."
Deaths: 1.

Ohio: 2 dead, 2 pulled from water following rescue at Delaware Dam. WSYX ABC 6. 3/30/2021.
Quote: "The Delaware County Sheriff's Office said a Good Samaritan has died along with a teenager after a water rescue at the Delaware Dam Tuesday night."
Deaths: 2. 

Indiana: Crews search White River after teenager swept over dam. FOX59. 3/30/2021.
Quote: "Crews responded to the dam after witnesses told them that two males and a dog were in a canoe heading downstream and were swept over the dam...The man and dog were able to make their way out of the water, but the 16-year-old was last seen in the water with no exact known location. The man was transported to the hospital with possible hypothermia."
Update: Missing teen's body recovered from White River after searching 'everywhere' for eight days. Indianapolis Star. 4/7/2021.
Deaths: 1. Injuries: 1.

Pennsylvania: 11-year-old Spring Grove boy dies in reported drowning in Jackson Township. York Daily Record. 3/25/2021.
Quote: "[He] was swimming with a friend in the creek near Rockery and Hershey roads when he became caught in the current near a low-head dam."
Deaths: 1. 

North Carolina: Officials believe Cape Fear River boater was tossed by dam undercurrent. WRAL NEWS. 3/10/2021.
Quote: "According to crews, [the boater] was on board a small boat by himself and, according to a report, that boat may have been pulled into the dam's undercurrent."
Deaths: 1

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