Ohio man drowns in Lake Cumberland over the weekend

An Ohio man drowned in Lake Cumberland over the weekend, according to Jamestown Fire and Rescue.

Fire Chief Jeff Landers told WJRS News a 58-year-old Ohio man, whose identity was later confirmed as Gary “Todd” Blankenship by the Russell County Coroner’s Office, was discovered in about 14 feet of water in the Low Gap area of the lake.

Rescue crews, including Jamestown Fire and Rescue, the Russell County Rescue Squad, Campbellsville Fire/Rescue, Pulaski County Rescue, Kentucky Fish and Wildlife, and Russell County Emergency Management went out around 2 p.m. Friday after a call was made to report a man missing on the lake.

Landers told WJRS News rescue teams were on scene for about 10 hours, and the body of the man was recovered at around 10:30 p.m. Friday.


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