7-Year Old, Father Pulled From Kansas River

By: Melissa Brunner, Suzie Gilbert Email
By: Melissa Brunner, Suzie Gilbert Email

TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - A seven-year old boy and his father are reportedly fine after getting into trouble in the Kansas River.

Authorities received a report of a possible drowning in the river in Topeka around 5:45 p.m. Tuesday. They say the man was fishing on a sandbar near the weir in Topeka with his son nearby. They say the boy swam off the sandbar and started having difficulty. When the father went to help him, they were both pulled under the water.

Several people were fishing from the weir and noticed what was happening. The fishermen were able to pull the boy and his father out of the water with a fishing net.

Authorities say the pair suffered slight, if any, injury.

This is the same stretch of river where three men have died over the past five years. In August 2007, Joshua Bryant and Richard Heyroth died in a canoeing accident near the weir and, in July 2011, Dr. Ryan Moore was killed while kayaking in the same area.

Bryant's father, Jim, has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the City of Topeka and State of Kansas, saying authorities didn't warn of the weir's danger, provide a route a route around it or comply with putting a boat ramp upstream from the weir. A trial is set to begin July 9th.


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