Lake Search Continues


Posted: July 19, 2011 at 5:21 a.m.

Doug Gay, Benton County Sheriff’s Office public relations officer, loads a generator Monday onto a sheriff’s office boat to power an underwater camera in a continuing search for a college student who went missing from a boat in the Ventris area of Beaver Lake on Saturday. The underwater camera and two operators were provided by the Baxter County Sheriff’s Office.

Tyler Jeck, 19, a student at Pittsburg State University in Pittsburg, Kan., jumped off a boat into Beaver Lake to “cool off” Saturday and has not been seen since.


Beaver Lake Drownings

Saturday’s incident is likely the second drowning at Beaver Lake this year, said Alan Bland, a ranger with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

“Our first was in April, a young man from Chicago on spring break,” Bland said. “He drowned near the dam about 3 a.m. Alcohol was found in his system.”

A majority of drownings in the lake are similar.

“The typical victim is a young male, (the drowning occurs) on a Saturday or Sunday and alcohol is involved,” Bland said.

The April death was the 109th drowning in Beaver Lake since the Army Corps started keeping records in 1964, Bland said.

Source: Staff Report

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