DE SOTO, Kan. -- Water rescue crews pulled one man from the Kansas River and will continue to search for another Monday.
Fire crews and emergency personnel were called to a boat ramp near 33600 W. 79th Street at Roverfest Park in De Soto around 5 p.m. Sunday.
Police said two men were swimming with family along a sand bar when they disappeared. Crews found and rescued one of the men downstream. He is now in stable condition.
The other man is still missing. Rescue crews spent the later evening hours in recovery mode, police said. Dive teams remained in the water until sunset.
Officials told FOX4 the area of the lake the men were swimming drops from six inches to 12 feet very quickly.
Northwest Consolidated Fire Interim Chief Todd Maxton said the river is difficult to navigate because of the channels and sand in the river, noting that the river is flowing at 8 or 9 miles per hour.
Johnson County Med-Act, Lenexa Fire Department, Northwest Consolidated Fire, and Leavenworth County’s Water Rescue Team are assisting. Kansas Highway Patrol chopper searched by air.
Maxton said due to safety concerns with losing sunlight, officials had to call off the search after 8 p.m. Sunday.
"Rescue the viability of the patient, victim is still possible being somewhere on the river, possible hung up on a tree or something like that," Maxton said. "That’s been every effort we’ve exhausted to this point with boat and air support."