Rescuers search for teen feared drowned in KCK lake
Rescue teams found the body of a 17-year-old boy who drowned early Sunday in the small lake at Pierson Park in Kansas City, Kan.
Nearly 12 hours after the swimmer cried for help and then disappeared, authorities said, they recovered the boy’s body. The Wyandotte County Sheriff’s Office was not releasing the name of the victim until family could be notified.
Water rescue teams began searching the lake about 2 a.m. after teens swimming in the lake reported one of their group had gone missing.
Four people in their late teens had been swimming in the lake, according to Capt. David Thaxton of the Wyandotte County Sheriff’s Office. Three of the swimmers heard the fourth person cry out for help but couldn’t find the teen. They swam ashore and called for help.
Rescuers searched the water with at least four boats. The Wyandotte County Sheriff’s Office confirmed shortly after 2 p.m. that the teen’s body had been found and recovered.
No further details were being released.
In addition to the KCK Fire Department, the Overland Park Police Department’s underwater team and Kansas City rescue crews helped with the search.
Police dogs also searched for the missing teen. During the search, authorities blocked off Pierson Park near the lake.
The park, at 55th Street and Douglas Avenue, covers 125 acres and includes a skate park and a community center in addition to the body of water.
Saturday night was the second of four nights this year when overnight fishing was allowed at the lake. Normally, fishermen need to leave the park by midnight. It was not known whether the teens were among those fishing, Thaxton said.