Perry A man from Jordan who was visiting his son in Kansas drowned in Perry Lake on Wednesday after he fell from a rented pontoon boat.
Jefferson County authorities identified the dead man as Abrahem Hissan Ellouzi, 55. The drowning occurred in the Old Town area, about eight miles north of the lake dam in the Little Slough Creek arm of the lake.
Jefferson County Sheriff Roy Dunnaway said this morning that a preliminary examination by Dr. James Rider, Jefferson County deputy coroner, indicated that Ellouzi drowned. Dunnaway said he did not think an autopsy would be performed.
Dunnaway said Ellouzi had been visiting his son, Zaid Ellouzi, 27, who lives and goes to school in Emporia. The son and a Topeka man also were on the pontoon boat. The father and son had planned to tour the United States, he said.
DUNNAWAY said the elder Ellouzi was riding on the front of the boat, looking through binoculars, when his hat fell into the lake. When he reached down to retrieve it, he fell overboard, he said. He was unable to swim and was not wearing a life jacket, the sheriff said.
The younger Ellouzi, who also does not know how to swim and was not wearing a life jacket, jumped in after his father, but was unable to locate his body, Dunnaway said. The third man, Yasin Khalid, Topeka, pulled the son out of the water, he said.
The son reported to authorities that his father had fallen overboard and between the boat's pontoons between 2:30 p.m. and 3 p.m., Dunnaway said. Rescuers pulled the body from the lake shortly after 6 p.m., he said.
RESCUE workers included the Jefferson County sheriff's department, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks. The Kansas Highway Patrol assisted the search with an airplane, the sheriff said.
Zaid Ellouzi was taken to St. Francis Hospital and Medical Center for treatment and later was released, a hospital representative said. The representative would not disclose for what Ellouzi was treated.