Great Miami River search continues


Three people rescued, one person still missing

A man pulls a kayak behind him as he and a Sidney Police officer walk back towards the Stolle Bridge soon after several people fell into the Great Miami River on Monday, April 27.

A man pulls a kayak behind him as he and a Sidney Police officer walk back towards the Stolle Bridge soon after several people fell into the Great Miami River on Monday, April 27.


Luke Gronneberg | Sidney Daily News

A group of Perry Port Salem Rescue workers surround a person on a stretcher as they push them across the Stolle Bridge after several people fell into the Great Miami River near the bridge on Monday, April 27.


Luke Gronneberg | Sidney Daily News

An inflatable raft stuck in an undertow as viewed from the Stolle Bridge.


Luke Gronneberg | Sidney Daily News

Sidney firefighters take a person who fell into the Great Miami River from the west bank to the boat landing on the east bank located next to the Stolle Bridge on Monday, April 27.


Luke Gronneberg | Sidney Daily News

Sidney Police look at a life vest while standing on Stolle Bridge on Tuesday, April 28. Behind them is a raft that had been stuck in the Great Miami River after an accident involving four people near the bridge.


Luke Gronneberg | Sidney Daily News

Sidney firefighters search near the Big Four Bridge on Tuesday, April 27 for a person involved in an accident on the Great Miami River near Stolle Bridge. Two people were helped out of the river. One person made it out on their own.


Luke Gronneberg | Sidney Daily News

Sidney firefighters search near the Big Four Bridge on Tuesday, April 27 for a person involved in an accident on the Great Miami River near Stolle Bridge. Two people were helped out of the river. One person made it out on their own.


Luke Gronneberg | Sidney Daily News

Sidney firefighters search near the Big Four Bridge on Tuesday, April 27 for a person involved in an accident on the Great Miami River near Stolle Bridge. Two people were helped out of the river. One person made it out on their own.


Luke Gronneberg | Sidney Daily News

Sidney firefighters search near the Big Four Bridge on Tuesday, April 27 for a person involved in an accident on the Great Miami River near Stolle Bridge. Two people were helped out of the river. One person made it out on their own.


Luke Gronneberg | Sidney Daily News

A woman who fell into the Great Miami River is helped up a steep embankment by Sidney Police officers as an inflatable raft floats behind them stuck in an undertow just behind the Stolle bridge on Monday, April 27.


Luke Gronneberg | Sidney Daily News

SIDNEY — First responders continued their search Tuesday for a person who is missing after an accident on the Great Miami River Monday night. Three people were rescued from the river, while the fourth person hasn’t been found.

“We are still working with SFD (Sidney Fire Department) to hopefully recover the missing individual. We had our drone out last night and also this morning to help in looking for the missing individual, and also monitoring the safety of the fire personnel working in the river,” said Sidney Police Chief Will Balling. “The Ohio State Highway Patrol also is assisting with their helicopter and the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office is utilizing their drone to assist. The Ohio Department of Natural resources has also responded to assist in the search.”

According to a press release from the Sidney Department of Fire and Emergency Services, firefighters were dispatched to the Great Miami River on the report of people in the water near Custenborder Fields Monday, April 27, 2020, at 6:35 p.m. .

Upon arrival, firefighters found the first victim under the Stolle Bridge with Sidney Police officers. The second victim was removed by Sidney Fire Department (SFD) Boat 1 south of the bridge, and was rescued with assistance from members of the Sidney Police Department (SPD). A third victim performed a self-rescue. A fourth victim was still in the water at the time of their arrival.

Crews began a search of the river using boats in the water and personnel along the river bank. Due to safety concerns, the search for the fourth victim was called off Monday evening and reconvened Tuesday morning.

Two victims were transported to Wilson Health.

No further information is available at this time.

A box alarm was dispatched to recall all off duty Sidney firefighters as well as Lockington and Port Jefferson Fire Departments and Perry Port Salem Rescue Squad to assist with the search of the missing victim.

A man pulls a kayak behind him as he and a Sidney Police officer walk back towards the Stolle Bridge soon after several people fell into the Great Miami River on Monday, April 27.
https://www.sidneydailynews.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/47/2020/04/web1_DSC_3350.jpgA man pulls a kayak behind him as he and a Sidney Police officer walk back towards the Stolle Bridge soon after several people fell into the Great Miami River on Monday, April 27. Luke Gronneberg | Sidney Daily News

A group of Perry Port Salem Rescue workers surround a person on a stretcher as they push them across the Stolle Bridge after several people fell into the Great Miami River near the bridge on Monday, April 27.
https://www.sidneydailynews.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/47/2020/04/web1_DSC_3379.jpgA group of Perry Port Salem Rescue workers surround a person on a stretcher as they push them across the Stolle Bridge after several people fell into the Great Miami River near the bridge on Monday, April 27.Luke Gronneberg | Sidney Daily News

An inflatable raft stuck in an undertow as viewed from the Stolle Bridge.
https://www.sidneydailynews.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/47/2020/04/web1_DSC_3436.jpgAn inflatable raft stuck in an undertow as viewed from the Stolle Bridge.Luke Gronneberg | Sidney Daily News

Sidney firefighters take a person who fell into the Great Miami River from the west bank to the boat landing on the east bank located next to the Stolle Bridge on Monday, April 27.
https://www.sidneydailynews.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/47/2020/04/web1_DSC_3287.jpgSidney firefighters take a person who fell into the Great Miami River from the west bank to the boat landing on the east bank located next to the Stolle Bridge on Monday, April 27.Luke Gronneberg | Sidney Daily News

Sidney Police look at a life vest while standing on Stolle Bridge on Tuesday, April 28. Behind them is a raft that had been stuck in the Great Miami River after an accident involving four people near the bridge.
https://www.sidneydailynews.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/47/2020/04/web1_DSC_3500.jpgSidney Police look at a life vest while standing on Stolle Bridge on Tuesday, April 28. Behind them is a raft that had been stuck in the Great Miami River after an accident involving four people near the bridge.Luke Gronneberg | Sidney Daily News

Sidney firefighters search near the Big Four Bridge on Tuesday, April 27 for a person involved in an accident on the Great Miami River near Stolle Bridge. Two people were helped out of the river. One person made it out on their own.
https://www.sidneydailynews.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/47/2020/04/web1_DSC_3715.jpgSidney firefighters search near the Big Four Bridge on Tuesday, April 27 for a person involved in an accident on the Great Miami River near Stolle Bridge. Two people were helped out of the river. One person made it out on their own.Luke Gronneberg | Sidney Daily News

Sidney firefighters search near the Big Four Bridge on Tuesday, April 27 for a person involved in an accident on the Great Miami River near Stolle Bridge. Two people were helped out of the river. One person made it out on their own.
https://www.sidneydailynews.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/47/2020/04/web1_DSC_3686.jpgSidney firefighters search near the Big Four Bridge on Tuesday, April 27 for a person involved in an accident on the Great Miami River near Stolle Bridge. Two people were helped out of the river. One person made it out on their own.Luke Gronneberg | Sidney Daily News

Sidney firefighters search near the Big Four Bridge on Tuesday, April 27 for a person involved in an accident on the Great Miami River near Stolle Bridge. Two people were helped out of the river. One person made it out on their own.
https://www.sidneydailynews.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/47/2020/04/web1_DSC_3628.jpgSidney firefighters search near the Big Four Bridge on Tuesday, April 27 for a person involved in an accident on the Great Miami River near Stolle Bridge. Two people were helped out of the river. One person made it out on their own.Luke Gronneberg | Sidney Daily News

Sidney firefighters search near the Big Four Bridge on Tuesday, April 27 for a person involved in an accident on the Great Miami River near Stolle Bridge. Two people were helped out of the river. One person made it out on their own.
https://www.sidneydailynews.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/47/2020/04/web1_SDN042920WaterSearch.jpgSidney firefighters search near the Big Four Bridge on Tuesday, April 27 for a person involved in an accident on the Great Miami River near Stolle Bridge. Two people were helped out of the river. One person made it out on their own. Luke Gronneberg | Sidney Daily News

A woman who fell into the Great Miami River is helped up a steep embankment by Sidney Police officers as an inflatable raft floats behind them stuck in an undertow just behind the Stolle bridge on Monday, April 27.
https://www.sidneydailynews.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/47/2020/04/web1_SDN042920RiverAccident.jpgA woman who fell into the Great Miami River is helped up a steep embankment by Sidney Police officers as an inflatable raft floats behind them stuck in an undertow just behind the Stolle bridge on Monday, April 27. Luke Gronneberg | Sidney Daily News
Three people rescued, one person still missing