The name of the child who drowned in the Muskingum River on Saturday near Dresden has been released – Y-City News

At a press conference Monday morning, Muskingum County Sheriff Matt Lutz released the name of the child who tragically drowned over the weekend in the Muskingum River.

Ty Zgonc, 12, was swimming with his mother just south of Dresden late Saturday night when the current got too strong and swept him away.

As previously reported by Y-City NewsA large number of first responders were dispatched to the area around 8 p.m. Saturday after receiving reports of a potential drowning.

According to Lutz, one of the first to arrive on the scene, Drake Prouty, deputy county deputy and volunteer with the Dresden Fire Department, jumped into the water but could not find the boy.

As many other responders began to arrive on the scene, boats and divers began to enter the river.

The boy was not believed to be wearing a life jacket.

Eventually the search had to be called off for the night with the presumed dead boy.

On Sunday morning, the teams were sent back into the water.

After many hours of searching for the boy’s body, it was located near where the initial drowning was reported.

While Lutz wouldn’t say whether the mother, Denise Gleba, is under criminal investigation, it’s likely she could face criminal child endangerment charges if she lets the boy out in the the river without a life jacket.

As a longtime resident of Muskingum County, Lutz said he could count the number of times he had swum in the river on one hand.

“The river is just a completely different animal,” Lutz explained when comparing the recreational activities of swimming in a pool or a lake. “You don’t usually see people in the river because of the currents and its unpredictability.”

Those who use the river are often on a boat with life jackets. Many others fish on the shores.

For anyone who might choose to ignore Lutz’s warning, he recommends wearing buoyant safety devices such as life jackets or jackets and swimmers understand the power of “unbelievably powerful currents and undercurrents.” strong”.

A GoFundMe page has been created, Ty Zgonc, to raise funds for a memorial for the young boy. The money will also be used to cover funeral expenses.

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