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Children must be supervised at New London Reservoir

By ELLEN SIMMONS • Jul 24, 2019 at 1:00 PM

NEW LONDON — Two incidents at Nickel Plate Beach in Huron have prompted New London council members to take notice.

Minors under the age of 18 will no longer be allowed to swim at the New London Reservoir unless they are under “the direct supervision of an adult with whom the child entered the reservoir property.”

No lifeguards are on duty at the beach and because of some recent incidents the new rule was passed Monday night at the council meeting.

There are no lifeguards on duty at Nickel Plate Beach.

A Vermilion woman who went into the water at Nickel Plate Beach on Sunday still hasn’t been found.

Brittany Young, 29, went missing at about 4:45 p.m.

Sixty-two first responders searched onshore, on the lake and in the air for about three hours, but suspended the search due to weather conditions.

Nickel Plate Beach is closed to the public while search operations are continuing.

There also was a drowning at Nickel Plate Beach earlier this month.

On July 7, 18-year-old Alvin Martin, of Ashland, went missing after several people were pulled past swim buoys. Martin went missing apparently attempting to save others in the water, all of whom were rescued.

Martin’s body was found at the mouth of the Huron River two days after he went missing.

Nickel Plate Beach has a deadly history. In 2002, four men — Jarred Smith, 18, of Sandusky; Matthew Smith, 21, and Kyle Kroetz, 29, both of Findlay; and Steven Cupec, 27, of Pennsylvania — jumped into the water off of the beach to save a woman struggling in a strong current.

Firefighters saved the woman, but all four men went missing and were later found dead.

EDITOR’S NOTE: Brandon Addeo of the Tandem Media Network contributed to this story.



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