Body of man swept into Kansas River while helping is recovered

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DE SOTO, Kan. (AP) -

Authorities have found the body of a man who was swept away in the Kansas River while trying to rescue a young child.

Johnson County Sheriff's Office Lt. Paul Nonnast says 40-year-old Rogelio Paredes-Nino apparently drowned. His body was found around 9:45 a.m. Monday.

Nonnast says Paredes-Nino and another man tried to help after the child began to struggle around 5 p.m. Sunday at a boat ramp at Roverfest Park in De Soto. The city is about 25 miles (40.23 kilometers) west of Kansas City, Missouri.

Nonnast says one of the men was rescued a short time later and is hospitalized in stable condition. He says the child made it safely to shore. Crews searched for Paredes-Nino until darkness fell and resumed their efforts when it was light again.

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Authorities have rescued one man from the Kansas River and are searching for another.

WDAF-TV reports that crews were call around 5 p.m. Sunday to a boat ramp at Riverfest Park in De Soto, which is about 25 miles west of Kansas City, Missouri.

Police say two men were swimming with family along a sand bar. One of the men was found downstream and was able to be rescued. He is now in stable condition.

Todd Maxton, the interim chief of with Johnson County's Northwest Consolidated Fire District, says the search for the other man was suspended as darkness fell. Several departments had helped with the search, including a Kansas Highway Patrol helicopter crew.


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