PITTSBURG — An 80 year-old rural Pittsburg man is dead, following an apparent drowning Sunday.
According to a release from the Crawford County Sheriff’s Office, deputies were called out about 3:50 p.m. in response to a report of a man who had fallen out of a small boat while fishing in a strip pit west of 190th on 590 Ave. in rural Crawford County.
According to the release, upon arrival deputies were notified that two men in their 80’s were fishing when one of the men, identified as Johnnie Bracket, 80, fell into the water. The second man went into the water but was unable to retrieve Bracket. Neither man was wearing a life jacket. The second man had to swim to shore and go to a nearby house on foot for help.
Emergency responders were unable to locate the missing fisherman, the release said. Divers and rescue boats also responded to the scene and searched the last known location of the victim. After an extensive search, recovery efforts were suspended late in the evening on Sunday and were scheduled to resume first thing Monday morning. On Monday afternoon at approximately 1:20 p.m., emergency crews recovered Bracket body. His remains were taken to Kansas City for an autopsy.
The Arma, Baker Township, Frontenac and Pittsburg fire departments; Crawford County EMS as well as the Frontenac and Girard police departments and officers from Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism responded to the scene.
The incident remains under investigation.