WICHITA — Authorities have released the name of the 19-year-old man who drowned Wednesday after chasing a soccer ball into Lake Afton.
Luis A. Sanchez, a resident of Mexico, was pulled from the lake at 4:25 p.m. about 100 yards from the shore.
Authorities said Sanchez went into the water to retrieve a soccer ball and followed into deeper water when wind pushed the ball farther from shore.
Investigators aren't sure if Sanchez suffered a cramp or simply grew tired.
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"He clearly did know how to swim," Sedgwick County Sheriff's Lt. Dave Mattingly said.
Emergency dispatchers said the man's relatives alerted authorities at 3:10 p.m., and the first rescue crews were at the scene 10 minutes later.
As boats and divers searched the water, Sedgwick County sheriff's deputies scoured the grounds around the lake but found no sign of the man.
A rescue crew eventually found the body using a depth finder aboard a private boat that was helping with the search.
Sanchez was on vacation from his home town of San Luis del Cordero, Mexico, and was at the lake with relatives, Mattingly said.
The Lake Afton accident marks the fifth time this summer that someone has drowned in Sedgwick County.
* On June 7, a 4-year-old boy died a day after being pulled from the bottom of an apartment complex swimming pool in west Wichita.
* On June 9, a 36-year-old Wichita woman drowned in a pool behind her home in the 10200 block of Alamo Court in west Wichita.
* On June 14, a 5-year-old girl died two days after she was found in an above-ground pool during a family gathering at a residence about five miles east of Sedgwick.
* On June 30, a 3-year-old boy drowned in a lake at Southlake Village Apartments, 4141 S. Seneca.