Matthew Edwards, a 13-year-old boy, drowned Tuesday night in the Neosho River in Burlington, according to the Coffey County Sheriff’s Office.
Emergency crews responded within minutes to the possible drowning site along with other backup and support law enforcement units and worked more than an hour to locate and retrieve Edwards, according to a press release issued Wednesday from the Coffey County Sheriff’s Office. The drowning occurred in the river near Kelly Park in Burlington.
Coffey County EMS; the Kansas Highway Patrol, Kansas Wildlife, Parks and Tourism; Burlington Police Department; the Coffey County Fire District No. 1; Coffey County Water Rescue; EagleMed and Coffey County Sheriff’s officers worked on the rescue attempt.
“Despite their best efforts the young man, Mathew Edwards ... did not survive,” Coffey County Sheriff Randy Rogers said in a statement adding he would “like to send condolences to the family and thank all personnel for their efforts.”