Nebraska teenager disappeared on fishing trip, body found

COLUMBUS, Neb. (News Channel Nebraska) – Authorities say they have found the body of a 17-year-old drowning victim who went missing while fishing.

Officials said the Platte County Sheriff’s Office and Columbus Fire and Rescue personnel responded to the Loup Power Tailrace Park and Platte River area regarding a possible drowning at 3:45 p.m. Tuesday.

The report says that when officers arrived they learned the 17-year-old boy, from Schuyler, was fishing where the canal emptied into the river when he was swept away by the current.

Officers said a search of the river had begun with the help of local volunteers operating airboats and a LifeNet medical helicopter. After searching the area for more than two hours, they were unable to locate the victim and suspended the search.

Authorities say the victim was recovered from the river at 11:45 a.m. Wednesday. The search was facilitated by local hovercraft operators, a local plane owner, Nebraska Game and Parks and the County Sheriff’s Office. Colfax.

The sheriff’s office was assisted by Columbus Fire and Rescue, Nebraska Game and Parks, and the Colfax County Sheriff’s Office. The Sheriff’s Office thanks our local citizens who assisted in the search effort by donating their time with airboats and planes.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact the Platte County Sheriff’s Office at 402-564-3229 or Platte County Area Crime Stoppers at 402-563-4000.

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