Archive for Saturday, March 1, 2008

Man drowns at Lone Star Lake

March 1, 2008, 3:11 p.m. Updated March 1, 2008, 5:03 p.m.


Boat capsizes, killing one

Holden White took his boat out on Lone Star Lake this morning, but high winds made him decide to turn around. One man drowned and another suffered hypothermia when their boat took on water and capsized. Enlarge video

One man is dead after a fishing outing on Lone Star Lake turned tragic.

A 67-year-old man from Illinois and a 46-year-old Eudora man were fishing in a small boat this afternoon, when the boat took water from high winds and waves, and began to sink at about 1 p.m.

"The boat went down quickly," said Kari Wempe, the Douglas County Sheriff spokeswoman.

The two men yelled for help, but had trouble swimming to shore, because of the cold water, said Aaron Henrichs, a conservation officer for the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks.

He said the lake's water was 36.9 degrees. Winds were strong today, with gusts up to 40 mph. A wind advisory was in effect for Douglas County until 4 p.m. today.

Bystanders, including family members of the two men, assisted the men. Wempe said bystanders were able to get the Eudora man, who survived, out of the water. Another young man jumped into the water and assisted getting the Illinois man out of the water, she said. A bystander began CPR on him and continued until the first emergency responders arrived, Wempe said.

"Despite everyone's efforts he was not able to be resucitated," Wempe said.

The Douglas County Sheriff's Office, Lawrence Douglas County Fire Medical and Kansas Highway Patrol were on the scene.

The Eudora man was treated and released at the scene, Wempe said.

Neither the names of the two men, nor their relationship were released.

"I'm gratified to see that so many people were willing to take a risk and put themselves in there and come to the aid of someone," Wempe said. "I'm very pleased and grateful on behalf of the sheriff's office that they were able do to that for this family."

Henrichs said the warm weather today, with a high near 70 degrees, brought more people outside and to the lake.

"It's the first nice day of the year, and people want to get outside," he said. "People are fishing for crappie all year. It's to be expected people are fishing, but with water that cold" it can be dangerous.


OldEnuf2BYurDad 10 years, 1 month ago

I've made the mistake of being on the water in high winds, but that was summer weather. The combination of wind and cold water is deadly. Most of the water in that lake was snow melt.

I was once told by an expert on the subject that most hypothermia victims die in 50-60 degree weather, not in frigid temps. The seemingly warm temperatures and sunlight can deceive you into not realizing how quickly you will lose body heat if you get wet outside in this sort of weather. It's the getting wet part that does you in.

This is quite unfortunate.

Compy 10 years, 1 month ago

The names of the two men, nor their relationship were released.

Way to change your sentence structure mid-thought without compensatng for it, and then neglect to proofread..........I guess that's what editors are for?

I really wish I went to the J-School. You guys make this stuff look so easy.

Mandie Eutsler 10 years, 1 month ago

jeez compy, that was kind of an unneccessary comment. thoughts and prayers to the family.

dumas 10 years, 1 month ago

Compy ... way to rake over a newspaper for getting some breaking news posted. I also love how you never make any mistakes. Snaps!

My prayers go out to the man who drowned and his family in addition to the people who attempted to help.

Jock Navels 10 years, 1 month ago

change 'were' to 'was', compy, and it's good grammar. no sentence structure was changed, the verb is of the wrong number.

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