Patriot man dies after being recovered from Goose Creek

GOOSE CREEK – Indiana Conservation Officers are investigating an incident in which a Patriot man was recovered from Goose Creek after falling off a capsized personal watercraft (PWC).

Sunday at approximately 2:26 p.m., responders were dispatched to the Patriot boat ramp for a person who went under the water and never resurfaced. 

Initial investigation revealed that Nathaniel Robert Joseph Lee Willman, 20, of Patriot, was operating a PWC that capsized as another passenger attempted to board.

Willman was recovered from the water by a Jeff-Craig Fire and Rescue diver in 7 feet of water after being submerged for almost an hour and flown to the University of Cincinnati Hospital in serious condition. He later died from his injuries. The preliminary finding from the Hamilton County, Ohio Coroner’s Office is death by drowning. 

The incident is still under investigation.

Other agencies assisting Indiana Conservation Officers on the scene included the Switzerland County Sheriff’s Department, Switzerland County Emergency Response, and the Posey Township Volunteer Fire Department.