Update on Milford Lake Drowning

Junction City Daily Union – December 24, 2013

Geary County Sheriff Tony Wolf has released more information on a drowning that occurred at Milford Lake Tuesday morning.

Wolf reported two men were on the shore and shot a duck. “The victim got into a makeshift boat that had no motor. He started out to the ice sheet where the duck was, and was caught by the wind and pushed further out. The small boat started taking on water.” Wolf also said, “The victim made it to the ice sheet where he was stranded. he was able to stay on the ice for a short time, however he fell through the ice shortly after that.”

The identity of the drowning victim has not yet been released pending notification of next of kin, but Wolf did confirm he was a member of the military.

Wolf said the search for the victim’s body has been called off today due to the weather. “The conditions out there are horrible. The boat ramps are covered with ice. We can’t get a boat into the area.  It’s very difficult. ” Wolf said the area has been secured. “Wildlife and parks are going to come in, in the next day or so with boats equipped with side scan sonar, and work on the recovery effort at that point.”

Authorities received the emergency call at 7:42 a.m. on the incident, in which they were informed a duck hunter, ” was stranded on the ice at Milford Lake. ”

The Sheriff thanked various agencies for their response and efforts including Junction City Fire and EMS, Geary County Emergency Services, Kansas State Park’s Department, Kansas State Wildlife and Parks, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Life Star, and the Riley County Dive team.


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