UPDATE: The victim was identified Thursday as 31-year-old Thomas Hedrick, an active member of the military and a Ft. Riley resident. Crews continue attempts to recover his body from the lake.
ORIGINAL: The Geary County Sheriff is trying to recover the body of a military man who drown Christmas Eve morning.
According to a news release, Deputies were called to Milford Lake around 7:45am Thursday morning after a Duck hunter trying to retrieve a duck off the frozen water, fell through the ice.
Sheriff Tony Wolf says the man was trying to recover the duck for his partner when he took a boat without a motor out onto the frozen water.
He says the wind caught the boat, and then it started to take on water so the man make it to an ice sheet. While standing on the sheet of ice, he fell through it and never came back up.
Wolf says his office is working on the recovery of the mans body. They have called off the search due to icing and waiting for the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks who has a boat equipped with side scan sonar. The Riley County Police
Department is also assisting with a Dive Team.
Sheriff Wolf sends his condolences to the family of the man.
“This is a terrible tragedy for all that were involved. I along and the members of the Geary County Sheriff’s Department would like everyone to remember the family in your prayers.”