Body recovered after drowning in Hamilton County

HAMILTON COUNTY, Kan. (KWCH) A 23-year-old man drowned Tuesday in a public pond near Syracuse.

Hamilton County deputies were called around 8 p.m. to Sam's Pond after a man who was swimming with friends went underwater and never resurfaced.

Deputies say witnesses nearby tried rescuing the man , but were unsuccessful.

The Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks and Scuba Ventures Safety Services of Liberal Kansas used sonar equipment and found Joaquin Vazquez Hernandez of Syracuse in approximately 25 feet of water. He was pronounced dead on the scene.