Police ID teens involved in swimming incident at Edinburgh dam

Edinburgh dam (WISH Photo/Chopper 8)
Edinburgh dam (WISH Photo/Chopper 8)

EDINBURGH, Ind. (WISH) — Police have identified the teenagers who were involved in a swimming incident at the Edinburgh dam on Friday afternoon. Five teens were swimming in the water and one was swept over the dam. Two of the teens were rescued by passersby and one is still unaccounted for.

Dispatchers with the Johnson County Sheriff’s Department said the call came in around 12:15 p.m. Police said Jason K. Moran, 17, Sarah Mae Mclevish, 16, Michael Chadbourne, 16, Trent Crabb, 17, and Mark Nally, 18, all of Franklin, were swimming when Mclevish went over the dam.

Police said Moran, Chadbourne, Crabb and Nally then attempted to rescue Mclevish.

Robert Jessie, owner of Bob’s Bait and Tackle, heard the teens screaming for help and was able to pull one out from the water. He then performed CPR on the teen. Jessie works for Edinburgh Waste Water Treatment; all city employees are trained in CPR. He says he didn’t have to think.

Another bystander, Christopher Lloyd, rushed to help and removed the second teen from the water and performed CPR.

Mclevish and Chadbourne, who were rescued from the water, were transported to IU Health Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis. The two were listed in critical condition as of Friday night.

Police said Crabb and Nally got out of the water on their own.

Dive searched for Moran in the Big Blue River near State Road 252 all day. The teams switched to recovery mode Friday afternoon, meaning they don’t believe Moran is alive.

Crews called the search off for the night as of 9:30 p.m. Friday. Search efforts will resume Saturday morning.

Police said due to the location in relation to the low-head dam and high fast moving water, search efforts have been affected.

An Indiana Department of Natural Resources spokesman called the area where the teens went in a “drowning machine” and urged others not to get into the water there.

Franklin Community High School students held a vigil. (WISH Photo)
Franklin Community High School students held a vigil. (WISH Photo)

All of the teens involved in this incident went to Franklin Community High School. The school released the following statement on Friday:

Earlier today we learned that five Franklin Community High School students were involved in a water related incident in Southern Johnson County.  Our prayers go out to the students, families, friends, and first responders involved in this most unfortunate and heartbreaking incident.  Guidance counselors will be available beginning at 9:00 am tomorrow at Franklin Community High School. There will be a prayer vigil held this evening at 7:30 pm at the FCHS football field. 

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