Jun 10, 2024

Sheriff: Kansas man drowned attempting water rescue

Posted Jun 10, 2024 9:00 PM
First responders on the scene Sunday-photo courtesy KWCH
First responders on the scene Sunday-photo courtesy KWCH

SEDGWICK COUNTY —Two men drowned over the weekend at a lake in Sedgwick County.

Just after 1 a.m. Sunday, sheriff's deputies were dispatched to Lake Afton, located east of the intersection of Viola Road or 263rd Street W and MacArthur Road- 39th St. S, on a report of a possible drowning, according to a statement from the Sedgwick County Sheriff's office.

Deputies were advised by campers at the lake that a Wichita man later identified as 40-year-old Wesley C. Simmons  was yelling for help from the water. 

Three campers, including 23-year-old Zachary V. Viramontez from Douglas went into the water to attempt to help Simmons.  The campers were unsuccessful in rescuing Simmons from the water and during their efforts, the other campers lost sight of both Simmons and Viramontez.

Deputies, Fire and EMS arrived on scene and began rescue efforts and later recovery efforts.  Just after 11:00 a.m. Sunday, Fire Rescue recovered both bodies from the lake.