GREENFIELD TOWNSHIP -- Dive teams spent hours searching Newton Lake Tuesday afternoon after a teen girl fell from a boat.
Fire officials say she never resurfaced.
"I heard some crazy screaming today. I thought it was some kids playing. I'm thinking to myself, it sounds unusual for kids to be hollering and screaming in that tone, but I was doing some computer work, paperwork for the business and didn't think twice about it,” said John Lee, who is vacationing at Newton Lake.
"Some friends and I heard, were swimming and heard a lady scream and that was about it after that. It's all up in the air and surreal,” said Newton Lake resident Paul Mancini.
Dive teams came quickly from several counties. They used sonar in the search while people who live or vacation on the lake waited and watched, with all eyes on the water.
“Obviously you hear something like that and you reach out for your children and make sure they're accounted for when you hear you know possibly it's a teenager and it's just a terrible tragedy and we're just praying for the family,” said Lori Cline, a Newton Lake resident.
"I'm afraid. My kids are now afraid and you know we just try to teach them water safety and boat safety,” said resident Amanda Spangenberg.
People who live at Newton Lake said the last time they can remember a drowning here was the 1980s.
"When I was a kid, I remember it happened, but I was too young to know it was going on, but I know it was in the '80s. We lost a young man at the time. It's times like this that bring the whole community together, and it's just a shame it has to be under these circumstances,” said Mancini.
There is no word on the name of the victim.