April 20, 2014

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Avon Lake police ID drowning victim

AVON LAKE — Avon Lake police have identified the teen whose body was pulled from Lake Erie this morning.

Daryle Phoeur, 17, of Cleveland was in the water about 6:45 last night and was helping to rescue his 24-year-old cousin at Miller Road Park. The cousin survived, but Phoeur did not.

Phoeur’s body was spotted by employees at the Gen On power plant floating in the area about 6:20 this morning, according to Avon Lake police. Police said his body was found about 20 yards from land.

Avon Lake police, the Avon Lake Fire Department, the Lorain County Dive Team and the U.S. Coast Guard all assisted in the search.

According to police, investigation into the incident revealed that there were four males swimming together at the far east end of the beach area near the discharge of the Gen On power plant. The 24-year-old got caught in the current from the discharge and yelled for assistance. The 17-year-old went to help and also became caught in the current. The 17-year-old went under the water, and the 24-year-old was pulled onto a raft that was being used by nearby boaters.

The 24-year-old was pulled from the water and transported to St. John Westshore Hospital for treatment.

Search and rescue operations for the teen continued until 12:41 a.m. when the diving operations were suspended until daylight. The Coast Guard remained on scene throughout the night with their boat and helicopter along with police personnel.