Report: Cause of fatal April boating accident ‘unknown’Written by Staff Reports | | firstname.lastname@example.org
The final report on the April 16 boating accident that killed four people on Lake Erie concludes that the cause of the accident is unknown.
“Due to the fact that everyone on board died and there were no witnesses to the accident, the circumstances surrounding this accident are unknown,” the report released by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources July 10 states.
Killed in the accident were Bryan Huff, 31, of Perrysburg; Andrew Rose, 33, of Toledo; Amy Santus, 33, of Perrysburg; and Paige Widmer, 16, of Leesville, S.C.
Alcohol was not a factor and there was no trauma to any of the bodies and minimal damage to the boat, which was found partially submerged in the lake the next day, according to the report.
The last contact with the boat was made at 6:35 p.m. April 16, the report said. Around 9 p.m., families of the victims reported the vessel overdue.
The bodies of Santus and Widmer were found in the lake on April 17. Both were wearing life jackets, although Widmer’s was not zipped, the report states. Huff’s body was discovered on an Ottawa County beach on May 6. Rose’s body was recovered May 8. All four drowned.