Crime & Courts

Wichita woman was unresponsive when she was pulled from Arkansas River, police say

The Wichita Eagle

One person was neither conscious nor breathing when she was pulled from the Arkansas River in downtown Wichita on Wednesday afternoon. She had not been revived by the time she was taken to a hospital about 45 minutes later, officials said.

Emergency crews were called at around 3 p.m. to the area of Douglas and McLean for a reported submersion, a Sedgwick County dispatch supervisor said. One person was in very critical condition.

Two bicycle riders had noticed a body floating in the water by the Wichita State University rowing dock near River Vista Apartments, police Sgt. Troy Nedbalek said.

Firefighters and paramedics pulled a woman from the river and started CPR, Nedbalek said. She was taken to a hospital for further treatment after she couldn’t be revived at the scene.

There were no signs of a struggle or of trauma to her body, Nedbalek said. First responders don’t think she had been in the water for more than a few minutes, based off her relatively warm body temperature.

“She didn’t have any outside injuries besides the drowning part,” he said.

Police have identified the woman, who is from Wichita. Investigators are trying to contact family members and watch video from the area to determine what happened.

Officer Charley Davidson said later on Wednesday that investigators determined the 63-year-old woman had jumped into the water on her own and has previously attempted suicide.

Sedgwick County Sheriff's Sgt. Clayton Barth saw a car that had crashed into a Wichita creek on Tuesday, May 15, 2018. He helped two women and two children get to safety.