Sheriff's office identifies man who drowned at Sedgwick County Park

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WICHITA, Kan. (KAKE) -

Authorities have identified a man who drowned in a lake at Sedgwick County Park on Wednesday.

Emergency crews were called at around 10:30 a.m. to a submersion on the south side of the park near 13th Street and Ridge Road. Divers with the Wichita Fire Department arrived on scene and found the man at the bottom of the lake about 20 feet from shore.

EMS crews worked to revive the man at the scene but he was pronounced dead about half hour later. The sheriff's office identified him as 59-year-old Dale Reif. 

An official with the sheriff's office says witnesses reported the man's dog was swimming in the lake and believed his pet was in trouble. He then went in after the dog. The dog was later found near Reif's vehicle.

Lt. Tim Myers said its not yet known why Reif drowned and the incident is still under investigation.

Myers said there have not been any other reported submersions or drownings at the park in the last five years. 

Swimming at Sedgwick County Park is prohibited. 

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