UPDATE: Meigs sheriff identifies man who drowned in floodwaters

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MEIGS COUNTY, Ohio (WSAZ) -- UPDATE 2/8/19 @ 12:45 p.m.
The Meigs County sheriff has released the name of a man who drowned after being swept away in floodwaters Thursday.

WSAZ/Sarah Bankston

Lawton Templeton, 54, of Racine, died according to the sheriff's office.

First responders got a call around 6:20 p.m. Thursday about a person feared missing in the water. It happened about a mile and a half off of Leading Creek Road, which is off of state Route 7 in Middleport.

Sheriff Keith Wood says it appears Templeton tried to drive through high water. Investigators believe he got out of the vehicle and tried to reach dry land, but was swept away.

The sheriff stated in a press released that if drivers "come upon a roadway that is covered with floodwaters, to turn around and do not attempt to pass through."

UPDATE 2/7/19 @ 9 p.m.
A body has been recovered Thursday night in a high-water rescue near Leading Creek Road, Meigs County Sheriff Keith Wood says.

The sheriff said that person drowned while apparently trying to drive through high water. He said the person is an adult.

First responders received a call around 6:20 p.m. Thursday about a person feared missing in the water. It was in the area of Leading Creek Road, off of state Route 7 in Middleport.

Deputies say another person saw the victim stuck in the water and tried to get a rope to the victim. That witness then saw the victim swept away by the water. The victim's body was found a couple hundred yards downstream.

The sheriff urges drivers not to enter any high water -- as it's often impossible to gauge how deep it is or how strong the current may be.

"Turn around, don't drown," the sheriff reiterated. "It could save a life."



ORIGINAL STORY 2/7/19
Crews are searching for a person who might have been swept away by high water.

According to the Meigs County Sheriff's Office, three stations have been searching the area of Leading Creek Road off of state Route 7 after the call came in around 6:20 p.m. Thursday.

At this time, we have been told that cadaver dogs have been requested.

We have a crew heading to that location and will update you as soon as we get more information.

Keep checking the WSAZ App and WSAZ.com for the latest information.



 
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