Emergency crews investigate capsized boat in Kansas River

From WIBW Eric Ives' Facebook Live, originally aired at 2 p.m. Tuesday, July 26th.
Published: Jul. 26, 2022 at 2:23 PM CDT
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TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - Emergency crews are investigating a boat that capsized in the Kansas River.

Lt. Josh McEwan with the Kansas Highway Patrol said crews were called around 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday, July 26, to an area of the Kansas River near the Oakland Expressway bridge which appears to have been underwater for quite some time.

When officials attempted to remove the boat, they revealed a registration sticker from the year 1993. However, the question remains just exactly how long the boat was left there and who it belongs to.

Lt. McEwan noted that the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks will now most likely cross reference the tag with its database to find the last registered owner of the boat.

A Kansas Department of Transportation drone inspecting bridges on Tuesday revealed the boat to officials, which launched the investigation.

The boat was located by officials using a KDOT drone to inspect the Oakland Expressway bridge.

Kansas Wildlife and Parks, Kansas Highway Patrol, Shawnee Heights Fire District and AMR crews were all dispatched to the scene.

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