29-year-old Wichita man drowns in El Dorado Lake

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EL DORADO, Kan. (AP) — A 29-year-old Wichita man has drowned while trying to retrieve a boat at El Dorado Lake.

Butler County Sheriff Kelly Herzet says a dive team used sonar equipment to find the body of Oscar Rodriguez Vargas about 6:30 p.m. Friday. The Wichita Eagle (http://bit.ly/128m5i8) reports that the man’s body was found about 100 feet from the shore in water almost 20 feet deep.

Herzet says Vargas apparently stepped off an underwater ledge into deep water when he went to retrieve a boat that had drifted from the shore. Vargas wasn’t wearing a life jacket and apparently couldn’t swim well. He never made it to the boat.

Vargas and his family had been camping at the lake with his boss and his boss’s wife.


Information from: The Wichita (Kan.) Eagle, http://www.kansas.com

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