Saturday, July 13, 2013

Man drowns in Kansas River; KCKFD to resume search on Sunday


EDWARDSVILLE, Kan. --- A man drowned in the Kansas River Saturday evening in Edwardsville, Kan., after attempting to swim in it.

The Kansas City, Kan., Fire Department was called by the City of Edwardsville at around 7:30 p.m. on Saturday night. Firefighters responded to the scene at I-435 and Woodend on a report about a missing individual who attempted to swim in the Kansas River.

According to KCK Fire Department Deputy Chief Craig Duke, multiple boats were dispatched in an effort to find a 30-year-old male.

"The KCKFD deployed four boats to the location in efforts to locate a 30-year-old male, who apparently attempted to swim across the Kansas River just west of the I 435 bridge," Duke said. "Boat rescue crews continued their search before calling it off at 2143 hours due to lack of light and crew safety concerns."

Duke said the department will resume its search Sunday.

No additional information is available about the victim at this point.