This is what I know about the incident. Some of you know I am a Police Officer in Junction City. I know all the game wardens around here as well as the Geary County Deputies. I was on the river when this man called 911. I had an accident a few years ago and several people from the PD called to check on me because I am on vacation. As soon as I heard about it, I picked up and went out to where he was on the ice. He had fallen in about 10 minutes prior to me getting there.
All that said, the man used a large piece of Styrofoam to try and get a dead bird. He got blown against the ice. Something happened to the Styrofoam and he was able to crawl onto the ice. It was about 14 degrees out and he got wet. He was not wearing a life jacket. He told the dispatcher that he was cold and started to turn numb. The ice eventually broke and he slid in.
All the ramps were iced up. I will no go into details about anything else right now except I think that there needs to be some type of rescue plan in place. The victim made a bad choice, but we all do at some point and he payed the ultimate price and I can't stop thinking about him and his family even though I never met him. It totally breaks my heart. When I swamped my boat back in 2011, the lake was open and a game warden boat was not available.
In my opinion, the corp of engineers or whoever needs to make some ramps or flat spots on the mail lake where a boat can be put in in case of en emergency. Emergencies happen every year on this lake. Wouldn't have to be concrete, just something flattened out to get a water craft on in an emergency such as this. All the coves freeze up first and all the ramps on this lake are in coves for the most part except up in Wakefield. Again, my prayers, thoughts and condolences go out to this man's family and friends. I can tell you I thought about him and his family the whole time my kids opened their presents. God bless him and his family!