Emergency authorities rescued a man from the Kansas River Tuesday evening after the bank he stood on caved in.
The Wabaunsee County Sheriff’s Office responded to a distress call for an individual who fell into the river near the Belvue boat ramp about 8:50 p.m. The Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism; American Medical Response; Paxico Fire Department and Wabaunsee Fire Department also responded.
Wabaunsee County Sheriff Rob Hoskins said the victim, 28, and his friend, 31, were observing the river, standing about 5 feet away from the bank’s edge. Hoskins said banks along the Kansas River may be washed out because of recent high water levels. The water is also fast-moving and full of debris.
“If you don’t know where you’re standing, you may actually be standing on 3 inches of ground, and the entire bank collapsed,” Hoskins said.
Hoskins said the victim’s friend was able to throw a chain down to him, and reinforcements from the sheriff’s office also had ropes to tie him down until a boat from the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism pulled him out of the water shortly after.
Hoskins said the man was shaken but in good condition overall. He didn’t go to the hospital.
Hoskins advises people to stay away from the river because of unsafe conditions around the river and its banks.
Authorities didn’t provide the name of the man who fell into the river.