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11-year-old girl dies in drowning incident at Wallace Lake

Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner: 11-year-old girl dies following drowning incident in Berea

Lily Lozitsky’s death comes a few days after her father and brother also died from drowning at Cleveland Metroparks’ Wallace Lake.

CLEVELAND — An 11-year-old girl has died after a drowning incident that also claimed the lives of her father and brother earlier this week at Cleveland Metroparks’ Wallace Lake in Berea.

On Friday, the Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner’s Office announced that Lily Lozitsky died at University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center. 

According to Cleveland Metroparks Police Chief Katherine Dolan, 37-year-old Veniamin Loitsky and his six children were fishing at Wallace Lake on Monday evening, when they attempted to swim in a non-designated swimming area.

Four of the children were able to exit the water on their own, but Veniamin Loitsky, his son Luke, and daughter Lily went under the water at approximately 6 p.m.

RELATED: 10-year-old boy among 2 dead after pulled from water at Wallace Lake in Berea

Cleveland Metroparks Police and Berea Police removed Lily from the water at approximately 6:55 p.m. and Veniamin and Luke were pulled from the water at approximately 7:20 p.m. The Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner’s Office confirmed the deaths of Veniamin and Luke on Tuesday morning. 

A GoFundMe page has been set up to support the Lozitsky family.

On Tuesday afternoon, Cleveland Metroparks gave the following statement to 3News following the drowning, which includes a warning about swimming in designated swimming areas, plus other tips:

“We urge guests to follow our swimming safety tips when swimming in Cleveland Metroparks: swim only in designated swimming areas and only when lifeguards are present, never swim alone, inexperienced swimmers should wear U.S. Coast Guard approved life jackets, and never leave children unattended near the water. Visit clevelandmetroparks.com/watersafety.

At Wallace Lake we urge guests to only swim at the designated swim area which has beach access, is roped off, shallow, and in a highly visible location.

As an inland lake, the water at Wallace Lake is generally calm but the area where this incident occurred is not in the designated swim area and is towards the southern portion of the lake, obscured from view by tree cover, and has varying and unpredictable lake depths. Cleveland Metroparks does not have another drowning incident on record at Wallace Lake.

Our heartfelt sympathies are with the family involved in this tragic incident.”

RELATED: Cleveland Metroparks gives warning and safety tips after father, son drown in Berea’s Wallace Lake

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