Kids who Sparked Kansas River Search Found Safe

By: 13 News
By: 13 News

Three young people who sparked an air, water and land search along the Kansas River Wednesday evening have been found.

A person called Wamego Police just before 5 pm, concerned that he saw three kids in the river who appeared to be in distress. By the time an officer arrived to check on them, the kids were no where to be found. Not sure if the kids might still be in the water, authorities launched a search that included crews from Topeka, Rossville, Wamego, Mission Township and Pottawatomie County. The Kansas Highway Patrol helicopter also assisted.

Meantime, Wamego Police put out a message over the city's cable system, asking anyone who had been swimming in the river to contact them. Three teenagers came to the police station with their parents to say they had been in the water. Their names and exact ages aren't being released.

Officials called off the search around 7pm.

The search was a reminder of when 9-year-old Michael Zapletal went missing in August 2007. He was never found, and his family held a memorial service for the boy.

Authorities stressed to these three teenagers to avoid swimming in the river -- especially after recent rain had made the water even higher -- and more dangerous.

Click the video for a recap of the event, and hear from Wamego's Police Chief and Fire Chief.

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