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Man drowns trying to rescue dog from Ohio’s Olentangy River

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WORTHINGTON, Ohio (WSYX/WTTE) - A Columbus man drowned trying to rescue his dog after it ran into the Olentangy River, police said.

According to a news release by Worthington Police, 67-year-old Joseph Crites, of Columbus, was walking a dog by the low head dam of the Olentangy River, north of Antrim Park, when the dog went into the river just after 11 a.m. A witness said the man went into the water to help the dog when he was pulled under the current and unable to escape the low head dam.

Worthington and Columbus fire crews were dispatched to the scene where they found and pulled Crites from the water around 11:43 a.m. He was rushed to Riverside Hospital where he was pronounced dead thirty minutes later.

Police said the dog was able to get out of the water on its own. It was turned over to the care of Franklin County Animal Control, but has since been returned to the family.

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