Emergency crews rescue 1 person, another still missing at Kansas River in De Soto

FOX 4 News – May 14, 2018


Water rescue crews pulled one man from the waters of the Kansas River and are continuing to search for another Sunday evening.

Fire crews and emergency personnel were called to a boat ramp near 33600 W. 79th Street at Roverfest Park in De Soto around 5 p.m.

Police said two men were swimming with family along a sand bar. One of the men was found downstream and was able to be rescued, and is now in stable condition.

The other man is still missing. Rescue crews spent the later evening hours in recovery mode, police said. Dive teams remained in the water until sunset.

Northwest Consolidated Fire Interim Chief Todd Maxton said the river is difficult to navigate because of the channels and sand in the river, noting that the river is flowing at 8 or 9 miles per hour.

Johnson County Med-Act, Lenexa Fire Department, Northwest Consolidated Fire, and Leavenworth County’s Water Rescue Team are assisting. Kansas Highway Patrol chopper searched by air.

Maxton said due to safety concerns with losing sunlight, officials called off the search after 8 p.m., and will continue Monday morning.


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