By Travis Mounts
A 14-year-old boy from rural Haysville died Monday after apparently drowning at Wellington Lake, located just southwest of that Sumner County city.
Travis Webb just finished his eighth-grade year at Clearwater Middle School, and would have been a freshman at Clearwater High this fall.
Webb was swimming with friends when he went under the water about 5 p.m. Monday and did not resurface. Emergency crews from the city of Wellington, Sumner County Sheriff’s Department and Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism all took part in the search for Webb. It was not immediately known if he was walking in the water or swimming.
The search was called off about 8:40 p.m. Monday because of darkness. His body was recovered in the southwest part of the lake about 8:15 a.m. Tuesday.
Strong winds and choppy waters hampered the search and may have played a role in the drowning.
Clearwater School District assistant superintendent Danielle Hollis said the district’s crisis team planned to meet on Tuesday afternoon, and would be available to students beginning on Wednesday of this week at Clearwater Middle School.
“It’s always a tragedy. When you’re a parent, you just can’t believe it. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends,” Hollis said.
Funeral arrangements had not been made at press time. Webb-Shinkle Mortuary is handling arrangements. For more information, visit their website at www.wsmortuary.com.