Tuesday, June 18, 2002

Drownings leave behind questions

By David Eck
Enquirer contributor

        ANDERSON TWP. — Angie Pennington was left with tears and unanswered questions Monday after her 33-year-old husband and her father-in-law drowned on a Father's Day outing.

        The bodies of Kyle Pennington and his 63-year-old father, Larry Pennington of Columbus, were recovered Monday from Indian Lake, about 60 miles northwest of Columbus.

        Kyle Pennington's body was found near Walnut Island, where he had disappeared while swimming Sunday afternoon. His father's body was found later in the same area.

        Authorities were trying to determine how both men could have drowned in water 3 feet to 6 feet deep.

        “He doesn't have any medical problems,” Angie Pennington said of her husband. “It doesn't seem like it's real.”

        Mr. Pennington, a technician for an environmental company, began having trouble swimming as soon as he jumped into the lake. His father dived in to try to help him, said Jim Mayhugh, a watercraft investigator for the Ohio Department of Natural Resources.

        Kyle Pennington's mother, Nancy, who was aboard a boat, saw them go under and reported them missing to police about 4 p.m.

        The drownings are not considered suspicious, said John Wisse, a spokesman for the Department of Natural Resources.

        Kyle Pennington left his Anderson Township home about 9:45 a.m. for his parents' new vacation condo on Indian Lake, his wife said.

        Before heading out, he stopped at a sporting goods store to buy fishing gear for his dad as a Father's Day gift. Angie Pennington stayed home because she wasn't feeling well.

        Kyle and Angie Pennington were married in February 2000. They have no children. The couple moved to Anderson Township from Columbus in August; Mrs. Pennington is a nurse at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center.

        Kyle Pennington had a good sense of humor, his wife said. He was athletic, played golf and could bench-press at least 220 pounds.

        “He was very strong,” Mrs. Pennington said as her parents comforted her Monday afternoon. “He was really funny and witty, a wonderful husband.”

       The Associated Press contributed to this report.


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