SEDGWICK COUNTY, Kan. (KAKE) - The Sedgwick County Sheriff's Office says a 23-year-old man died trying to save a man who also drowned at Lake Afton on Sunday. 

According to a release, 40-year-old Wesley Simmons was yelling for help from the water. Three campers, including 23-year-old Zachary Viramontez, went into the water to help.

"The campers were unsuccessful in rescuing Simmons from the water and during their efforts, the other campers lost sight of both Simmons and Viramontez," the release said. 

First responders were dispatched to a possible drowning at around 1 a.m. on the southeast side of the lake and began rescue efforts. The two bodies were recovered at approximately 11 a.m.

From left: Zac Viramontez and Wesley Simmons (Facebook)

Zac's obituary says he was a "beacon of light and laughter" to his friends and family. 

"His untimely passing occurred at Lake Afton, where he bravely and selflessly gave his life while attempting to save a stranger from drowning," the obituary says. "His carefree spirit and kind-hearted nature were evident from a young age. With a smile that could brighten any room, Zac's, sometimes insanely goofy, sense of humor left an indelible mark on all who had the pleasure of experiencing it. His infectious laughter can and will never be forgotten."

Neither an obituary nor funeral details for Simmons could be found online Thursday morning. Some of his friends said on social media that he had a big heart and loved people.

The incident remains under investigation. Anyone with information is asked to call the sheriff's office at (316) 660-5300.


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Law enforcement says the bodies of two people were pulled from Lake Afton Sunday morning.

A distress call came in at around 1 a.m. Sunday for two people who were in the water at that time. Crews began rescue efforts upon arrival, but were suspended due to the weather. Efforts restarted at sunrise.

The men, who have yet to be identified, were unaccounted for at their campsite at the lake on Saturday night, authorities say. 

"First distress call came from a person that was swimming offshore and the second victim was…going out to help rescue the individual, and he also drowned as well,"  said Sedgwick County Battalion Chief Jeremy Whitney.   

Both bodies were discovered around 11 a.m.

Sedgwick County’s Joseph Slaughter said the bodies were identified as two men, but their names were not released. 

Earlier Sunday afternoon, the coroner was on their way to retrieve the bodies from the lake and take them to the Forensic Science Center for autopsies.  

The investigation is ongoing.