Water rescue crews help search for teens

By Brian McCauley
Miami County Republic

Water rescue crews were called to Lake Miola in Paola early Wednesday morning after three juveniles entered the water while running from a police officer, but it is believed that all three youths are now safe.

The incident occurred at 1:16 a.m. Wednesday while a Paola police officer was patrolling the then-closed Lake Miola swim beach area, according to a news release from the Paola Police Department.

As the officer pulled into the parking area, three youths ran directly from the shoreline into the water. Three additional youths ran on foot, staying on land. Multiple youths stayed behind and provided information to officers. They indicated that all of the youths had been consuming alcohol, and all are believed to be under the age of 18, except for a 19-year-old male, according to the release.

Officers located one juvenile female in the water who was struggling to tread water. An officer entered the water and rescued the girl, according to the release.

The water rescue team from the Osawatomie Fire Department was contacted and asked to assist in the search for the others at 1:35 a.m. Paola detectives have since located a juvenile male who was known to be in the water, and he told the detectives that the third juvenile female did safely make it out of the water with him, but they ran in opposite directions once on land, according to the release.

Officers continue to search for the youths who ran on foot. Several law enforcement agencies are involved, including the Paola Police Department, Miami County Sheriff’s Office, Paola Fire Department, Osawatomie Fire Department and Miami County Emergency Medical Services.


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