Wichita Crews Call Search For Teen Drowning Victim "Recovery Effort"

By: KAKE (Posted by Melissa Brunner)
By: KAKE (Posted by Melissa Brunner)

WICHITA, Kan. (KAKE) - Wichita authorities are calling the search for a drowning victim in a water-filled ditch a recovery effort.

Wichita Fire Department Battalion Chief Rich Harris said three teen boys were swimming in what's called "the Big Ditch" around 12:30 pm Friday when one of them, a 14-year-old boy, went underwater and never resurfaced. The friends ran home to call 9-1-1.

Harris said crews switched from rescue to recovery mode around 2:30 pm Friday. The teen went under just south of Zoo Boulevard. Rescue crews are searching an area from Windmill Road south toward Kellogg. Jet skis have also been deployed because of a large portion of the area they're searching is inaccessible by ground.

Crews suspended their search at dark. They plan to resume Saturday morning.

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