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Search and rescue at Springfield Lake suspended for the night

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Crews searching for a possible victim of a drowning in Springfield Lake (Source: WOIO) Crews searching for a possible victim of a drowning in Springfield Lake (Source: WOIO)
SPRINGFIELD TOWNSHIP, OH (WOIO) -

Springfield Township Police confirm they are on the scene of a suspected drowning at Springfield Lake off Canfield Road. The calls came in around 7:30 p.m. Tuesday night.

Sgt. Eric East told 19 Action News that two teenage boys went swimming across the lake when one became distressed and went under. The 16-year-old never resurfaced. 

The other teenager made it to shore safely.

Rescue and Dive Teams from surrounding agencies responded.  These included Springfield Twp. Fire, Springfield Twp. Police, Summit County Sheriff's Office, Akron Fire, Lakemore Fire, New Franklin Fire, Green Fire, Coventry Fire, Ohio DNR Watercraft, and the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary. 

Divers assisted by sonar scanning boats searched the area for several hours to no avail.  Darkness, diver fatigue, and lightning in the area hampered the search and operations were suspended at 11:00 pm.  

Springfield Lake is a no-swimming lake because of a lack of lifeguards. 

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