An Amishman and his ten-year-old son lost their lives this past weekend in a pond accident. The incident happened under unusual circumstances in a restricted area in their community in eastern Ohio. From WTRF:
BELMONT COUNTY, Ohio (WTRF) — An Amish man and his 10-year-old son died of drowning Saturday, according to Belmont County Sheriff’s Department Chief Investigator Ryan Allar.
Allar said it happened at a pond on gas and oil property that was fenced off and marked with signs warning no trespassing or swimming was allowed.
Allar said they believe the 10-year-old slid into the water and the father went in after him. Allar said the pond has a plastic liner like a swimming pool, and they were not able to get out because it was slippery.
The man’s eight-year-old son went for help, but it didn’t come in time. This report is truly horrible and sad, and you wonder how it happened. If the pond was fenced off and had warning signs, then this sounds simply like a case of being somewhere you shouldn’t be.
However it doesn’t sound like they necessarily meant to go swimming (it doesn’t seem to have been at all an appealing place for swimming), with the boy described as sliding into the water. It must have been an especially steep-banked pond for them to not be able to get out. Given that it is described as an “oil and gas property”, perhaps it was a fracking pond or some other pit or pond found on these types of properties. Maybe someone out there is familiar with this sort of thing.
So perhaps they were simply cutting through the area as a shortcut to get somewhere. Hate to think about it, and that’s enough speculating. But something to be aware of if you’re out and about these types of bodies of water.
Belmont County, on the border with West Virginia, is home to two Amish settlements and around 500 total Amish residents. Prayers for this family. If there is any further information on support I will update this post.