Drowning victim identified

EAST LIVERPOOL – A young man who drowned while swimming at the Broadway Wharf Saturday had just celebrated his birthday two days before.

City police have identified the victim as Herbert Lancaster, 19, 235 W. Fourth St., who was found by emergency personnel from the Chester and Newell volunteer fire departments about 10 feet from shore when he failed to surface after jumping from the docks near the boat launch.

Lancaster, his girlfriend and others had been jumping into the water and grabbing onto the dock when they surfaced, but the last time, he failed to grab on and went back underneath the water and failed to resurface, according to police Capt. Terry Faulkner.

Faulkner said police were advised Lancaster did not know how to swim, but he said that had not been confirmed.

In addition to the firefighters, a boat from the West Virginia Department of Natural Resources was also used in the 20-minute search for Lancaster, who was located about 60 yards west of the boat launch.

Firefighters immediately began resuscitation efforts as they headed back to shore with Lancaster, who was transported to the hospital by Lifeteam ambulance, according to reports.