YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) — Youngstown police have identified a jet skier who drowned in McKelvey Lake.
The body of Nikolas Rasey, 30, was found about 4:40 p.m. Friday by members of the Mahoning County Sheriff’s Dive Team, with the assistance of the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) and the Youngstown Fire Department.
The Youngstown Police Department, ODNR and the Mahoning County Coroner’s Office are investigating the incident.
Youngstown firefighters and the dive team returned to look for Rasey on Friday after an unsuccessful search Thursday night.
The search was concentrated on Oak Street Extension southeast of the Jacobs Road Bridge, where the man fell off of his jet ski.
Officials said the man was not wearing a lifejacket.
The city’s law director says Youngstown is in the process of buying the lake from Aqua Ohio. For now, he said people need to remember that it is not public.
“While we hope to turn that into a recreation area with boat access and fishing access and other means of recreation, it’s not one now and it’s a dangerous place. The edges of the lake are very mucky and marshy,” said Attorney Jeff Limbian.
He adds that those who use the lake, whether for boating or fishing, do so at their own risk.