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Crews recover body of Wichita man who drowned in El Dorado Lake

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Friday, July 5, 2013, at 9:07 p.m.

Crews have recovered the body of a 29-year-old Wichita man who drowned while trying to retrieve a boat at El Dorado Lake, Butler County Sheriff Kelly Herzet said Friday night.

A dive team used sonar equipment to find the body of the man about 6:30 p.m. Friday, Herzet said. The man’s body was found about 100 feet from the shore in water almost 20 feet deep.

The man’s name was not being released until all of his family could be notified, Herzet said.

The sheriff gave this account: About 4:10 p.m. Friday, authorities received a report of a man going into the water to get a boat belonging to his boss. The boat had drifted from the shore. The man and his family had been camping at the lake with his boss and his boss’s wife. Before going into the water after the boat, the man called his boss, who had left to get a new camping permit. The boss told the man to put on a life jacket before going after the boat, but the man didn’t don a life jacket, according to witnesses.

The man never made it to the boat. He apparently stepped off of an underwater ledge into deep water and apparently couldn’t swim well, Herzet said.

The area where the man disappeared is known as Bluestem Point and Goose Cove, on the east side of El Dorado Lake.

Reach Tim Potter at 316-268-6684 or tpotter@wichitaeagle.com.

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