Archive for Wednesday, April 25, 1990

CLINTON DROWNING VICTIM IS IDENTIFIED

April 25, 1990

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Douglas County sheriff's officers today identified a woman who drowned Tuesday at Clinton Lake after a boating accident.

Officers said Anna M. Hay, 66, Jamestown, Ky., was found dead under a boat that capsized about 11:30 a.m. in choppy waters near the Clinton Lake Marina.

Hay and her son, Helmut B. Hay, 41, 3428 Lazybrook Ln., had gone fishing about 8 a.m. and were heading back to shore when their boat was hit by a large wave and overturned.

Hay managed to scramble atop the hull and call for help.

Another boater, Tom Kolenda, Kansas City, Mo., and his son-in-law heard the cries and steered their boat toward Hay's boat. The men, who also were returning to shore after a morning of fishing, were able to pull Hay from the hull of his overturned boat and bring him back to shore.

SHERIFF'S officers this morning said that Mrs. Hay most likely was trapped under the boat from the time it capsized. Both she and her son were wearing life jackets, officers said.

Sheriff Loren Anderson today said rescue efforts were hampered by windy conditions at Clinton. Anderson said the National Weather Service had issued a wind advisory for area lakes.

Sheriff's officers, officials from the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks and employees of the Clinton Lake Marina helped guide the boat to a ramp on the north shore. When the boat was righted shortly after 1 p.m., Mrs. Hay's body was found.

Anderson said Mrs. Hay had been visiting her son and his family in Lawrence.

Hay was not injured.

ANDERSON today thanked various people for helping officers in their rescue effort. Anderson said Mark Retonde, owner of the marina, offered boats and employees, and several bystanders also pitched in.

Mrs. Hay's death was the first drowning in the county this year and happened almost exactly a year after the first drowning of 1989, which also stemmed from a boating accident caused by high winds at Clinton Lake.

Paul Standridge, 52, Kansas City, Kan., drowned April 28, 1989, after he fell out of a fishing boat.

Local service arrangements for Mrs. Hay are pending at Warren-McElwain Mortuary.

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