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Black River search called off in Elyria

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    A first responder searches for someone in the Black River after a report of a person in the river Wednesday night.

    KRISTIN BAUER / CHRONICLE

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    Rescue workers stage at Cascade Park and the Gyro House, both in Elyria, to search the Black River after getting reports of missing juveniles in the water. Rescue workers then reportedly continued searching for a possible missing adult, not multiple juveniles. Crews are walking the shorelines, but did not launch boats.

    KRISTIN BAUER / CHRONICLE

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    Rescue workers stage at Cascade Park and the Gyro House, both in Elyria, to search the Black River after getting reports of missing juveniles in the water. Rescue workers then reportedly continued searching for a possible missing adult, not multiple juveniles. Crews are walking the shorelines, but did not launch boats.

    KRISTIN BAUER / CHRONICLE

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    Rescue workers initially responded on Water Street in Elyria, then proceeded to stage at Cascade Park and the Gyro House, both in Elyria, to search the Black River after getting reports of missing juveniles in the water. Rescue workers then reportedly continued searching for a possible missing adult, not multiple juveniles. Crews are walking the shorelines, but did not launch boats.

    KRISTIN BAUER / CHRONICLE

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    Rescue workers investigate a report of juveniles into the Black River on Wednesday.

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ELYRIA — Emergency crews spent hours Wednesday evening searching the shores of the Black River after reports of people in the water.

The initial call was for three to four juveniles in the water, prompting crews to search near Broad and Water streets between 8:30 and 9 p.m. Capt. Mark Slack said it later turned out to be just one adult possibly in the water.

The County Swift Water Rescue Team and Elyria Fire Department walked the banks for nearly four hours, splitting crews between Cascade Park, behind the police station, at the Gyro House and elsewhere in the city due to the swift current. He said teams were doing “due diligence” by walking the bank, as information as to whether or not anyone was in the water was not “very strong.”

The search was terminated shortly before midnight, with all swift water crews released from the scene. No one was found.

Slack said the call cannot be confirmed as a hoax, as a witness did see someone in the water. He said authorities are unsure if the man was able to get himself out of the water or if he was overcome by hypothermia and the current. He said the fact no one has been reported missing plus concerns for the first responders’ safety prompted the decision to call off the search.

Crews will resume the search today if a report comes in.

Contact Carissa Woytach at (440) 329-7245 or cwoytach@chroniclet.com.
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