At a media briefing Sunday Morning, Capt. Steve Atkinson with the Sedgwick County Fire Department explained their plan to locate the missing swimmer. It includes boats in the water utilizing sonar and a drag bar, search dogs both in the boats and on the shore, and divers if the boats or dogs find anything.
"The technical rescue teams, which have the boats and is doing the search, train for this a lot," Says Capt. Atkinson. "This is part of their job, the searches on the water."
But Mother Nature is complicating the search. "There is a current out in the lake, and we don't known if the victim has been moved with the current. Or the storm that came through last night, we are not sure where he may have ended up," says Capt. Atkinson.
On top of that, divers are having to search by hand thanks to zero visibility under the water. "It's not necessarily difficult, says Atkinson. "It's just time consuming."
Capt. Atkinson could not provide an exact time frame for how long they will continue the search. "As far as the search goes, we are going hour by hour, waiting to see what we come up with."
Original Story, July 7th
Sedgwick County and Wichita emergency responders called off their search for the day as a thunderstorm rolled in around sundown. They are looking for man who is believed to have drowned in Lake Afton.
Shortly after five o'clock on Saturday, a boater spotted a body floating in the east side of the lake, a quarter mile from the dam. That followed the report by someone that they saw a swimmer go under and not come back up.
Officials confirmed there is one person from a party who is missing. After a couple hours the rescue effort turned into a recovery operation.
Emergency crews from Wichita and Sedgwick County fire departments searched with sonar, divers and then drag hooks. They say the search is hampered by zero visibility in the water, forcing divers to search by touch.
Authorities are not releasing the man's identity.