Man drowns in western Kansas pond, identified

Picture of responders in man drowned in Kansas

First responders search for a man who drowned in Sam's Pond south of Syracuse, Kan. Photo from KDWPT.

SYRACUSE, Kan. — The Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office says a 23-year-old man drowned in a public pond near Syracuse.

The sheriff says the body of Joaquin Vazquez Hernandez, of Syracuse, was recovered from Sam’s Pond Tuesday evening, Aug. 13. The pond is located a mile south of Syracuse on Highway K-29.

Emergency responders were called about 2 p.m. Tuesday after Hernandez went underwater in the pond and didn’t resurface. His body was found before 6 p.m., with the help of sonar equipment.

KAKE-TV reports people near the pond tried unsuccessfully to rescue the man.

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