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Update: Man who drowned in Chalco Hills Rec. Area identified

This was the second water rescue call at the lake on Wednesday
Posted at 8:19 PM, Apr 27, 2022

UPDATE: Thursday, 4:30 p.m.

On Thursday, the Sarpy County Sheriff's Office released the identity of the man who drowned Wednesday evening at Wehrspann Lake in the Chalco Hills Recreation Area.

Lt. Tori Boldt identified the man as Zachariah Lade of Gretna. Witnesses said that they had observed Lade's canoe capsize and Lade did not resurface after becoming submerged in the water. He was pulled out of the lake by emergency personnel and then transported to Lakeside Hospital by the Omaha Fire Department where he was pronounced dead.

UPDATE 9:30 p.m.

A 27-year-old man died after drowning at Wehrspann Lake in Chalco Hills Recreation Area on Wednesday.

Two witnesses made the call to authorities after seeing the man in a capsized canoe go under the water, according to Sarpy County Police.

According to a press release, at approximately 6:15 p.m., the Sarpy County Sheriff’s Office, Omaha Fire/Rescue, Papillion Fire/Rescue and the Sarpy County Sheriff’s Office Search/Rescue Team responded to the Chalco Hills Recreation Area for an individual in distress on the lake.

The SCSO said: "Witnesses advised they heard a male party call out for help toward the north end of Wehrspann Lake, where they also observed a capsized canoe. Prompt response from citizens, the fire department, and deputies allowed for the 27-year-old male victim, who had become submerged, to be pulled from the water."

"The victim was transported to Lakeside hospital by the Omaha Fire Department where he was pronounced deceased. The identity of the victim will be released at a later time pending notification to family members."

He was the second person requiring a water rescue on Wednesday.

Earlier Wednesday, first responders executed a water rescue for a man whose boat had capsized at Wehrspann Lake. Authorities say the man likely survived due to the life jacket he was wearing.

Chalco Hills Recreation Area is located in southwest Omaha, with the 245-acre Wehrspann Lake serving as the main feature for outdoor activity.

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