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The Platte County Sheriff’s Office and other first responders have been searching Tailrace Park since Saturday in response to a potential drowning, Platte County Sheriff Ed Wemhoff said.

Deputies were able to determine from several witnesses that a man was last seen in the Platte River near the park.

Members of the Platte County Sheriff’s Office, Platte County Dive and Rescue Team, Colfax County Sheriff’s Office, Butler County Sheriff’s Office, Columbus Fire Department and Schuyler Fire Department searched the river but have been unable to find the man.

The victim is believed to be an 18-year-old male, whose name is being withheld until his identity can be verified.

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The Sheriff’s Office, along with Platte County Emergency Management, urged the public to use extreme caution when entering any area lake or river.

Because of recent flooding, the once-familiar channels and streams of rivers have changed, creating deep, hidden washed-out areas and hidden debris. As a result of the wet spring, currents are stronger than what is typical this time of year. These conditions have created potentially unsafe undertows that can unexpectedly pull a swimmer under the water or drag them downstream.

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Victoria Ayotte Brown is the Journal Star online editor.

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