Nebraska teen drowns in Platte River while fishing

LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) — A 17-year-old boy drowned in the Platte River near Columbus on Tuesday while he was fishing, authorities say.

The teen from Schuyler was fishing at Loup Power Tailrace Park, where a canal dumps into the river, and was swept away by the current, according to the Platte County Sheriff’s Office.

Sheriff’s deputies and Columbus Fire and Rescue arrived about 3:45 p.m. Local volunteers with airboats and a medical helicopter helped them search the area, but a two-hour effort yielded nothing.

On Wednesday, a local plane owner, the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission and the Colfax County Sheriff’s Office joined in the search, and the boy’s body was recovered from the river about 11:45 a.m.

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