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  2. Update on Fatality at Rotary Lake in Jackson City Park

    At 9:40 p.m., on Sunday, July 4, the Jackson Police Department was notified that someone had entered the water at Rotary Lake in the City Park for unknown reasons.  Emergency personnel responders from Jackson Fire Rescue were immediately notified and dispatched to the scene.  Two full fire crews were on emergency standby in the park for the Independence Day fireworks display and near the scene along with as a number of staff from the Jackson Police Department.


     Immediately, Fire Deputy Chief Sean Mitchell radioed Engine 12 and directed first responders to put a rescue swimmer in the water to begin search operations.  The team quickly arrived and the rescue swimmer entered the lake at 9:47 p.m.


     Meanwhile, Jackson Police swiftly secured the scene, began interviewing witnesses, and obtained as much information as possible to help narrow down the search for rescue operations personnel working the scene.  According to the accounts taken from bystanders, the individual entered the lake for unknown reasons, went out about 40 feet, submerged, and did not resurface.  With the help of witnesses, officers were able to triangulate the last known location of the person entering the water.


    Jackson Fire Rescue then added two more crewmen in a boat and another rescue swimmer to the ongoing grid search and mutual aid crews from the Cape Girardeau Fire Department also arrived at the lake with a crew of six, an additional boat, and a rescue diver.


     At 1:30 a.m. this morning, rescue crews located and recovered the body with a specialty device.  The individual was pronounced deceased and identified as a 58 year-old male from Jackson.  The cause of death is pending the lab results.  The incident remains under investigation and the identity of the victim will be released at a later time.  An autopsy has been scheduled to determine his cause of death and his next of kin have been notified.


     Responding public safety agencies included Jackson Fire Rescue, the Jackson Police Department, and the Cape Girardeau Fire Department.


     All questions regarding this matter should be directed to Captain Robert Greif with the Jackson Fire Department at 243-1010, or by email at rgreif@jacksonmo.org

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