Drowning at Nance county lake

Nance County, Neb. — A Kansas man drowned over the weekend at a lake south of Genoa. The Nance County Sheriff’s Office and Genoa Volunteer Fire & Rescue received word of a reported drowning at a private lake at 1:23 p.m. Saturday. Deputies were on scene within five minutes of receiving the call.

Deputies were told the victim had been swimming around 100 feet from the shore when witnesses heard him call for help then disappear under the water.

The victim was last seen about 12 minutes before responders arrived according to information provided at the scene.

Deputies entered the lake and attempted to locate the victim but were not successful.

Efforts to locate the victim using boats, volunteers and thermal cameras also were not successful.

Mutual Aid was requested from the Platte County Dive Team and the The Oxford Nebraska Dive Team.

The Platte County Dive Team was first to arrive and used sonar and diver to search the area and were able to locate the victim and recovered the body.

The victim was identified as 79-year-old Wayne E. Mathias (muh THIGH us) of Augusta, Kansas.

Source: Nebraska Regional News

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