Wayne man drowns trying to save friend

One person is dead after attempting to help another at the Lake North/Lake Babcock waterway north of Columbus according to the Platte County Sheriffs Office.

The Platte County Sheriff’s Office responded to a possible drowning around 10:30 a.m. on Saturday.

Upon arrival deputies learned that one person had fallen into the water and a second went in to assist getting the first out. Nicholas Rodriguez, 19, of Wayne drowned while attempting to help his friend. Witnesses nearby were able to rescue the first person from the lake.

Around 5:00 p.m. Rodriguez’s body was recovered from Lake Babcock. The incident remains under investigation.

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