Wichita man faces fine for dive into the Little Arkansas

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WICHITA, Kansas – A man who went for a dive in the swollen, high waters of the Little Arkansas River now faces a misdemeanor charge and a likely fine after police and fire rushed to his rescue.

“It takes up, if you notice, a lot of resources,” said Sgt. Ed Brower. “A lot of officers responded to come to a possible submersion but its just someone swimming in the river like that.”

The man, described as middle-aged by police, jumped into the river around 5 p.m. Sunday from a bridge near 53rd St. North and Porter. He then swam to shore and walked home as rescue crews swarmed the scene looking for him.

His neighbors and friends say he’s been jumping into the water frequently since the river started to rise, and police say they warned him last week to stop jumping into the water.

“It’s not something to take lightly, especially with the high waters and the currents the way they are now,” said Sgt. Brower.

A 14-year-old teenager drown August 9th while swimming with friends in the Big Ditch.

A public service announcement from police and fire started running Thursday warning people to not go into the high waters. It will run until the water recedes.

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