Tennessee student drowns during Sunday camping trip in Easton
A 911 call for a water rescue of a possible drowning turned into a recovery of the body of a 20-year-old Memphis, Tenn,. man.
Around 2 p.m. Sunday, the Leavenworth County Sheriff's Office received a phone call about a possible drowning in a two-acre farm pond about a mile north of Kansas Highway 192 and 219th Street.
Santez Walker, who was a student at the Kansas City Art Institute in Kansas City, Mo., was camping with some friends near the area. He and two other campers wanted to go swimming in the pond. The three swimmers were about 50 feet from the shore when Walker announced he wanted to touch the bottom of the pond.
After Walker had been underwater for a long period of time the campers who were swimming with him summoned for help. Some of the other campers jumped into the water to search for Walker while the others called 911.
Attempts were under way to drag the pond's bottom to find Walker's body when the dive team from the Lee's Summit, Mo., Underwater Rescue and Recovery arrived. It was discovered that Walker had become entangled in a thick bed of moss at the bottom of the pond before he drowned, according to sheriff's reports.
Members of the Sheriff's office, Leavenworth County EMS, Easton and Kickapoo Township Fire Departments, Fire District One, Leavenworth and Fort Leavenworth Fire Departments and the Leavenworth County Water Rescue also responded.
The report stated that Walker's family had been notified.
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