John Redmond drowning victim believed to be from Emporia area

Emporia Gazette – July 31, 2017

A man the Coffey County Sheriff’s Office believed to be from the Emporia area has drowned at John Redmond Reservoir in Coffey County.

The man’s identity is being withheld pending notification of the family.

At approximately 1:21 p.m. Saturday, Coffey County dispatchers received a 911 call that an individual had gone into the water at the spillway located at the reservoir.

“At the time of the call, it was believed the person had gone underwater and had not resurfaced for around 10 minutes,” read a written statement from the Coffey County Sheriff’s Office. “After a short period of time, the body of the missing person was found below the spillway, and he was pronounced deceased at the scene.”

Coffey County Water Rescue, along with sheriff’s office personnel, responded to the call. Other agencies assisting in the efforts included the Burlington Police Department, the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks, Coffey County EMS and Coffey County Fire District No. 1.

Update: The Kansas Dept. of Wildlife, Parks, and Tourism has released the name of the Emporia man who drowned in a Coffey Co. reservoir over the weekend.

On Saturday, Guixian Zheng was fishing with a family member at John Redmond Reservoir when the 65-year-old waded into the water at the east end of the wing wall to help pull in a large fish when he was swept under the water, KDWPT said.

The Coffey Co. Sheriff’s Office says they were called to the reservoir shortly before 2:30 p.m., about 10 minutes after he was pulled under water. Zheng’s body was recovered around 3:45 p.m. below the spillway. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Zheng was not wearing a life-preserver at the time, KDWPT said.


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