Man drowns at Big Hill Lake

Parsons Sun – May 15, 2018

A Coffeyville Community College student drowned Saturday afternoon at the swim beach at Big Hill Lake in rural Cherryvale.

The Labette County Sheriff’s Department received the call at 2:52 p.m. Saturday of a reported drowning at the beach. There are no life guards on duty at the Big Hill swim beach.

At the time of the call, Chase A. Dennis, 19, had been under water about two or three minutes, Sheriff Darren Eichinger said.

Eichinger said Dennis had been swimming with his girlfriend at the beach. They swam out to the buoys and were on their way back. The girlfriend was ahead of Dennis when he called for help. She swam back to help but he began pulling her under so she had to separate.

Parsons Fire Department, Labette Health Ambulance Service, Mound Valley Fire Department, Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism and Cherryvale fire department and ambulance service responded.

Emergency workers recovered Dennis’ body at 3:35 p.m. and attempted resuscitation.

Eichinger said Dennis was found in 10 to 20 feet of water near the same area as he disappeared from view.

Dennis is from Keller, Texas.


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