Piqua man assisted from Great Miami River

PIQUA — A Piqua man is safe after a few tense minutes on the Great Miami River on the south side of the city on Thursday evening.

Deputy Chief Marty Grove of the Piqua Police Department said that a 36-year-old male subject who resides near the river was apparently involved in a bet as to his ability to swim across the Great Miami River.

The subject had allegedly been drinking, and following two days of rain, the river was running high.

Grove said the man successfully swam to the far bank but became distressed on the return trip. A nearby father and son witnessed the man in distress and called Miami County 9-1-1 around 6:30 p.m. They then lost sight of the man.

Piqua Fire Department responded with a medic unit and a pair of boats. As the boats were being launched, the father and son regained contact with the distressed man, and the 16-year-old son approached the man, who was making his way to shore and assisted him in getting out of the water.

Piqua Fire Department medics checked the man for injuries. He was transported to a local hospital.

Police officers spoke with the man, who admitted to drinking prior to the incident.

Grove said that officers will determine if the man will face criminal charges.